Will You Time Travel With Us? Welcome to Feb. 12, 1733: The Day Georgia Was Founded
The year is 1733, and Georgia is already late to the party. At that point in history, settlers from overseas had landed up and down the East Coast and established 12 of the 13 American colonies. Georgia was the final piece of the pre-Revolutionary War puzzle, but in January, it was just a twinkle in British soldier James Oglethorpe’s eye. Oglethorpe had a pretty progressive vision for the colony. Back in England, he was an activist who crusaded for prison reform, and he wanted to start a colony in part to give his home country’s “worthy poor” a chance at a life free of hardship. He envisioned Georgia as a colony of farmers, merchants, and artists without class distinctions keeping them apart. Its motto was Non sibi sed aliis — Latin for “Not for self, but for others.” After years of planning, Georgia’s puzzle piece finally fell into place on Feb. 12, 1733. That was the day Oglethorpe and a group of 114 colonists set foot on the shore of the Savannah River after a two- month journey from England by ship. Legend has it they climbed up a nearby 40-foot bluff, surveyed the land below, and decided to plant their flag. The colony of Georgia was officially founded! It took almost 66 more years for Georgia to become a state. In that time, our little “colony that could” survived the Revolutionary War (including the famous Siege of Savannah in 1779) and multiple Spanish colonial invasions. What a wild ride!
Today, Georgia is a beautiful state we’re proud to call home. While it’s fun to time travel back in history to those early days — especially a date as historic as the founding, which happened this very month — we wouldn’t trade modern Georgia for the world.
To read more about our state’s history, visit GeorgiaEncyclopedia.org.
Butter and Herb Baked Oysters
Ingredients • Rock salt or uncooked rice (to coat your baking sheet) • 1 dozen fresh oysters, scrubbed and shucked • 1 stick butter, softened and divided into 8 tbsp • 3/4 cup panko breadcrumbs Directions 1. Preheat oven to 425 F. 2. On a rimmed baking sheet, spread out a layer of rock salt or uncooked rice. 3. Arrange oysters on the baking sheet, meat side up. 4. In a skillet over medium heat, melt half of the butter. Add breadcrumbs and sauté until brown.
• 2 tbsp fresh chives, chopped • 1 tbsp lemon juice • 1 tsp lemon zest • Lemon wedges and chopped parsley for garnish
5. In a small bowl, combine remaining butter, chives, lemon juice, and zest. 6. Top each oyster with a teaspoon of chive mixture and a sprinkle of sautéed breadcrumbs. 7. Bake for 8–10 minutes and serve garnished with lemon wedges and chopped parsley. Inspired by TheSpruceEats.com
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