It was 1742, British forces collided with Spanish conquistadores to determine the fate of Georgia on St. Simons Island.
The battle at Fort Frederica guaranteed Georgiaâ€™s future as a colony of Britain. The remains of the fort are still available for public viewing. We can all experience St. Simons Island from the very beginning.
James Oglethorpe built the fort beginning in 1736. It was intended to protect the town behind it from ensuing Spanish forces. Almost 650 British troops were stationed there.
For many centuries, Georgia had been considered â€œdebatable propertyâ€ between British owned South Carolina and Florida, Spanish Land. Once the battle here was won, St. Simons Island was able to become her own woman.Â It is now a National Park.
There is still so much to see here, not to mention the many special activities and themed events sponsored by the park. Visit the Bloody Marsh, a tribute to the battle that ensued on that spot. Locals said the marsh ran red with Spaniard blood, hence the name.
The visitor center and bookstore has everything you could ask for to help explain the battlegrounds vivid history. You can find relics and artifacts from the actual battle as well as a great documentary short film.
This fascinating bit of Georgia history is not the only attraction on St. Simons Island. Between the tours, shopping, dining and outdoor activities, there are also many festivals and civic events throughout the year. It’s a wonderful place to spend time no matter what season it is.
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