Oglethorpe and the first colonists arrived at South Carolina on the ship Anne in late 1732, and settled near the present site of Savannah, Georgia on 1 February 1733. He negotiated with the Yamacraw tribe for land, and built a series of defensive forts, most notably Fort Frederica, of which substantial remains can still be visited. He then returned to England and arranged to have slavery banned in Georgia after being emotionally moved by an intercepted letter from Ayuba Suleiman Diallo, a slave in Maryland. (For more on the story of Oglethorpe's involvement, see Ayuba Suleiman Diallo's Wikipedia page.) Oglethorpe and his fellow trustees were granted a royal charter for the Province of Georgia between the Savannah and Altamaha rivers on 9 June 1732.
|Allowing slavery will starve the poor white laborer.||Economics, The Economy & Fiscal Affairs ;Social Sciences ;Slaves, Slavery & The Slave Trade|
|Georgia would become an oppressive regime, promoting the misery of thousands in Africa by permitting a free people to be sold into perpetual Slavery.||History ;Morality, Ethics & Conflict of Interest ;Slaves, Slavery & The Slave Trade|
|Negro Merchants would gain control of all the lands in the Colony, leaving nothing for all the laboring poor white Men.||Economics, The Economy & Fiscal Affairs ;Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising ;Slaves, Slavery & The Slave Trade|
|The Trustees intend to relieve such unfortunate persons as cannot subsist here [England], and establish them in an orderly manner, so as to form a well regulated town…. By such a Colony, many families, who would otherwise starve, will be provided for, and made masters of houses and lands…. The Trustees for establishing the Colony of Georgia in America. … are impowered to collect benefactions; and lay them out in cloathing, arming, sending over, and supporting colonies of the poor, whether subjects on foreigners, in Georgia||Development & Growth|