Today, as Georgians, we celebrate the 284th anniversary of the founding of the Province of Georgia!
It was on this day in 1733 that intrepid humanitarian James Oglethorpe landed with the first settlers in what would later become the city of Savannah. In stow with Oglethorpe aboard his ship were cotton seeds, which proved instrumental in the establishment of the cotton industry in the southeastern United States.
In 1742 Oglethorpe rose, yet again, to ensure the continued existence of the colony as the commander of the British forces that rallied against Spain during its Invasion of Georgia. In leading the Georgia Rangers and Creek Indian forces to victory in the Battle of Gully Hole Creek, Oglethorpe permanently expunged Spanish presence in the colony.