SS8H2 – The colonial period of Georgia’s history

Primary Sources

Use the links at the bottom of the thumbnails to see the original item on the relevant site or to download a PDF. For a full bibliography of sources for this set see the teacher guide. Continue to page two for other literary and informational texts and links to related websites.

A copy of the Charter establishing the new colony of Georgia on April 21, 1732.
link the full charter on Georgia’s Virtual Vault
Transcript of charter on Avalon Project

A promotional text written by James Oglethorpe to promote the colony of Georgia. In the text he gives a description of the colony and a narrative of why the colony of Georgia is good for Britain. Courtesy of the Georgia Historical Society.
Download PDF
link to Collections of the Georgia Historical Society, vol.1

Written by Benjamin Martyn, this piece of promotional literature directly addresses the concerns of the “malcontents” who were unhappy with many of the rules and regulations set up by the Trustees. Courtesy of the Georgia Historical Society.
Download PDF
Link to Collections of GHS volume 1

Written by Patrick Tailfer and other “malcontents” this pamphlet lays out the problems and issues the “malcontents” had with the colony of Georgia and especially how the Trustees were running it.Courtesy of the Georgia Historical Society.
Download PDF
Link to collections of GHS volume 2

_______________________________________________

This map engraved by P. Fourdrinier and likely based on a sketch by George Jones was presented to the Trustees by Chief Bailiff of Savannah Peter Gordon on Feb. 27, 1734. Map Collection, MS1361-MP-001
Download PDF

A notice of six runaway slaves from the plantation of the Royal Governor James Wright. The notice was published in the Georgia Gazette. Courtesy of the Georgia Historical Society.
Download PDF

A Proclamation by James Wright, 1774

This proclamation, published by Royal Governor James Wright addresses an incident where a colonist murdered a Native American. From this proclamation we can learn about life in colonial Georgia, Indian relations, and the role of the Royal Governor. James Wright Papers, MS884, Courtesy of the Georgia Historical Society.
Download PDF with transcript

Autobiography of the former slave and prominent abolitionist Olaudah Equiano. The autobiography details his childhood in Africa through his enslavement and life on board a British sailing vessel.
Link to full autobiography at the Library of Congress

Advertisements