Georgia, The Peach State

Georgia, The Peach State

by Sandra Merville Hart Georgia is the largest state east of the Mississippi River. The state had more plantations than other state by the mid-1800s. How Georgia began In 1566, the Spanish built a fort on Saint Catherines Island and established a mission there. Other forts and missions were built along the coast for the next 100 years of what later became Georgia. Colonists move south Settlers from South Carolina moved south after 1670. By 1686, Georgia was occupied only by the English colonists. In 1732, England’s King George II gave the Georgia Colony to General James Edward Oglethorpe. Martin Luther King, Jr. awarded Nobel Peace Prize Martin Luther King, Jr., became a leader in the Civil Rights movement. Born in Atlanta, Martin gave a famous speech at a...

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