The Spanish on Jekyll Island

The Spanish on Jekyll Island (HMBAK)

Location: Jekyll Island, GA 31527 Glynn County
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Country: United States of America
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N 31° 6.457', W 81° 24.762'

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Within sight and sound of St. Simons Island, Jekyll Island was ideal for entertaining Spanish visitors to the settlement at Frederica. Major William Horton, resident of the island, received the guests while Oglethorpe on St. Simons, with cannon booming and his few soldiers appearing and reappearing on the south beach, professed a strength he did not have.
In 1736, Spanish Commissioners Don Pedro Lamberto and Don Manuel d`Arcy, sent by Governor Sanchez of St. Augustine to discuss rival claims to the Georgia coast, were feted on Jekyll. On board the Sloop Hawk in Jekyll Sound, kilted Highlanders from Darien with clanging broadswords, Tomo-Chi-Chi and Hyllispilli with about 30 of their "chiefest" Indians in war paint and regella loudly denounced the Spanish and helped Oglethorpe impress the visitors with strength and good will of the colonists. Agreeing to leave all questions to the courts of Spain and England, the emissaries returned to St. Augustine pleased with their mission. Angered by the decision, Spain recalled and executed Governor Sanchez.

After the Battle of Bloody Marsh, the Spaniards burned the buildings on Jekyll Island.
Series This marker is part of the Georgia: Georgia Historical Society/Commission series
Marker Number063-35
Year Placed1959
Placed ByGeorgia Historical Commission
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Date Added Saturday, October 11th, 2014 at 7:40am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17R E 460645 N 3441601
Decimal Degrees31.10761667, -81.41270000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 31° 6.457', W 81° 24.762'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds31° 6' 27.42" N, 81° 24' 45.72" W
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Area Code(s)912
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1197 Riverview Dr, Jekyll Island GA 31527, US
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