Faltering Diplomacy with the Creeks and War with Spain

John T. Juricek

in Colonial Georgia and the Creeks

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print July 2010 | ISBN: 9780813034683
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813038582 | DOI:
Faltering Diplomacy with the Creeks and War with Spain

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This chapter explores how Oglethorpe convinced the British parliament to protect Georgia from Spanish attack. He introduced an appropriation bill for Georgia for the amount of 30,000 pounds and was granted 20,000 pounds. He argued with the British Prime Minister Walpole that unless the government was to embrace Georgia as “a National Affair,” the colony would fail. His plan to establish Fort St. George was one of several measures he took in response to intelligence that the Spaniards were planning an assault on Frederica. Although Oglethorpe was offered the command of the military forces of both South Carolina and Georgia, he was willing to accept these only if he were given a regiment of regulars. This stiff condition was finally agreed to, and Oglethorpe was appointed “General and Commander in Chief of the Forces in South Carolina and Georgia.” Oglethorpe also raised the issue of the Savannah magistrates' policy of barring Indian testimony from their courts. This chapter also takes into account the relationships of other trustees with Oglethorpe during next few years and their consideration of the other matters that would affect Georgia's relationships with the Indians.

Keywords: British parliament; Spanish war; Prime Minister Walpole; Indian testimony; Fort St. George

Chapter.  14785 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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