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History of Savannah, GA

Kenneth S. Nugent, P.C. > History of Savannah, GA

savannah-ga-law-firmEstablished in 1733, Savannah GA is a stunningly beautiful city that wears its age with great pride. The city lies along the banks of the Savannah River on the Georgia-South Carolina border. Originally serving as the capital of the Province of Georgia during the colonial era and the eventual capital of the State of Georgia, Savannah is now the administrative center of Chatham County. Throughout its history, the city has served and continues to serve as one of the most prominent port cities and industrial centers in Georgia. The city has also evolved into a world-class tourist destination and a family-friendly residential community with an estimated population of over 145,000 permanent residents.

The History of Savannah, GA

Prior to the arrival of the European settlers in the early 1730s, modern-day Savannah was inhabited by a band of Native Americans know as the Yamacraws. The group had branched off from the Lower Creek Indians and was made up of both the Yamasee and the Lower Creek people. When General James Oglethorpe’s ship landed at what was then known as the Yamacraw Bluff in 1733, they were welcomed by Tomochichi, the leader of the Yamacraws. Both Savannah city and the State of Georgia were established on the same day. However, it was not until 1751 that the Province of Georgia was given the status of a Royal British Colony with Savannah becoming its center of operations.

For the better part of the civil war, the city of Savannas was one of the strongholds for the British forces. They successfully defended the city during the Siege of Savannah which was orchestrated by a coalition American, French, and Haitian soldiers. After the war, the capital of Georgia was moved to Milledgeville; a more central location within the State.

Historical Savannah Georgia

Unlike most American cities that were caught in the crossfire between Union and Confederate soldiers during the civil war, Savanna narrowly escaped the wrath of Union forces thanks to the peaceful surrender which was negotiated by local authorities in a bid to preserve their precious city. As a result, General William T. Sherman was able to take the city without any resistance.

The city has grown in popularity over the years and is home to one of the largest national historic districts in the United States. Savanna welcomes millions of visitors every year including vacationers, adventure seekers and students of history. During the 1996 Olympics, the sailing competitions were held in Savannah.

Kenneth S. Nugent, P.C.
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