The history of Georgia as a colony, up to independence gained from the Revolutionary War, this thorough book is a treat to look through and read. Cream-colored pages offset traditional fonts and light green chapter headings; two-tone and full-color illustrations are included throughout. Children will learn about the Spanish era in Georgia, the Native Americans who lived there, new immigrants, the war to make Georgia a British colony, the end of the "Noble Experiment", the beginnings of slavery in George, and the approval of the US Constitution. 109 pages, indexed, hardcover with dust jacket. Ages 10-14.
Did you know that the treasure of the infamous pirate Blackbeard is probably buried on one of the islands off Georgia? And did you know of the dastardly deed of Spanish privateers that provoked the War of Jenkins's Ear?
James Oglethorpe's "noble experiment" to make Georgia a place where debtors got a second chance and slavery and alcohol were banned was destroyed by "malcontents." Plantations producing rice and indigo increased the demand for slave labor, and the rift between the coastal planters and poorer upcountry farmers quickly divided the colony. This division would also complicate Georgia's decision to join the other colonies in the fight for independence.
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Robin Doak lives in Portland, CT.