Georgia History: Check out Fort Frederica National Monument

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The Golden Isles of Georgia offer a wide range of historic sites to visit. For visitors and new residents alike, one locale to include on that list should be Fort Frederica National Monument.

Early Georgia History

It’s easy to forget that Georgia was the center of much conflict before it became a state. In the 1700s, it was a central battleground between Spain and Britain—before the United States decided to make its own move and become independent.

James Oglethorpe founded Fort Frederica to protect the southern British boundary in 1736. The population of the fort grew over time, from 44 men and 72 women and children originally, to over 500 residents in the 1740s. The growth of this settlement can be attributed to migrants from England, Scotland and Germany coming to the region to settle.

Bloody Conflict

The Georgia territory was maintained as a British territory as a result of direct conflicts in the Golden Isles with Spain. In 1742, these opposing forces collided on St. Simons Island, where the Fort’s forces defeated the Spanish. The conflict was known as the Battle of Bloody Marsh, and it was a pivotal event that resulted in Georgia being maintained as a British colony at the time.

A Gorgeous Park

Visit For Frederica National Monument today, for free, and enjoy the year-long Ranger-led tours that help to resurrect a sense of early history and life in the colonies during the height of Fort Frederica’s fame. Framed with lovely scenery, the Fort is open most days from 9-5, and is officially protected by the National Park Service.

For more information about historical sites and other activities in the Golden Isles, or for information about Sea Island, Georgia real estate, be sure to contact DeLoach Sotheby’s International Realty today to learn more.

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