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Savannah



Introduction of Savannah
City in SE Georgia, near the mouth of the SavannahRiver, across from South Carolina. James Oglethor pe,British general and philanthropist, was granted land in June 1732 to establish a buffer colony betweenSouth Carolina and Spanish Florida and to founda New World haven for debtors. He brought 116colonists with him and on February 12, 1733, foundedSavannah, the oldest city in Georgia. During theAmerican Revolution the British captured Savannahand held it from December 1778 until July 1782. Acombined force of French and Americans attemptedto retake the city in 1779, but their assault on October9 was decisively beaten off.Savannah was the capital of Georgia from 1782to 1785 and gradually became an important commercialcenter as well. The Savannah, the first U.S. steamshipto cross the Atlantic, made the trip from here toLiverpool, England , in 1819. In the Civil War thecity fell to Union troops on December 21, 1864, asGeneral William T. Sherman completed his march tothe sea from Atlanta. Although Savannah is now abusy shipping and industrial city, it is justly proud ofits wide streets, its parks, and its many old homes and other early buildings, including churches. The HerbHouse, built in 1754, is the oldest building in Georgia.In 1966 the old section of the city was designateda national historic land mark.City in SE Georgia, near the mouth of the SavannahRiver, across from South Carolina. James Oglethor pe,British general and philanthropist, was granted land in June 1732 to establish a buffer colony betweenSouth Carolina and Spanish Florida and to founda New World haven for debtors. He brought 116colonists with him and on February 12, 1733, foundedSavannah, the oldest city in Georgia. During theAmerican Revolution the British captured Savannahand held it from December 1778 until July 1782. Acombined force of French and Americans attemptedto retake the city in 1779, but their assault on October9 was decisively beaten off.Savannah was the capital of Georgia from 1782to 1785 and gradually became an important commercialcenter as well. The Savannah, the first U.S. steamshipto cross the Atlantic, made the trip from here toLiverpool, England , in 1819. In the Civil War thecity fell to Union troops on December 21, 1864, asGeneral William T. Sherman completed his march tothe sea from Atlanta. Although Savannah is now abusy shipping and industrial city, it is justly proud ofits wide streets, its parks, and its many old homes and other early buildings, including churches. The HerbHouse, built in 1754, is the oldest building in Georgia.In 1966 the old section of the city was designateda national historic land mark.

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