" Frederica is situated on the Island ofSt. Simons, in the middle of an Indianfield where our people found 30 or 40acres cleared by them."
A Voyage to Georgia
The first british settlers landed here onFebruary 18, 1736-forty years before thesigning of the Declaration of Independence.The town they established lay on thesouthern frontier of the English colonies,on land contested by Spain. James Oglethorpe,respectfully known as "General," was their leader.
Fearing invasion by land or by water, Frederica's settlers built a fort on the riverbank,and a palisaded [sic] wall and moat around the town.When the war with Spain ended in 1748, the townbegan to decline.
The ghost town you are about to enter wasonce one of Georgia's finest settlements. Todayonly ruins and eroded earthworks remain.
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