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HistoryOn June 9, 1732, King George II granted a charter to General James Oglethorpe and a group of 20 friends, organized as trustees, to establish a colony named for the king. Oglethorpe's concern for the poverty and unemployment in England motivated him to help relieve the poor from the harsh conditions found in debtors' prisons. It was also hoped that founding a new colony would increase trade and wealth and provide a buffer for South Carolina against attack by the Spanish, the French and the Indians.
Province of Georgia was one of the Thirteen Colonies that revolted against British rule in the American Revolution by signing the 1776 Declaration of Independence, despite a large population of people loyal to the crown. Since Georgia was a relatively new colony at the time compared to the other twelve colonies, Georgia was not as active in the war...Following the war, Georgia became the fourth state of the United States of America after ratifying the United States Constitution on 2 January 1788.
Modern Day Adjacent StatesGeorgia is bounded by South Carolina to the north east and the Atlantic Ocean lies to the east. Florida lies to the south and Alabama to the west. Tennessee and North Carolina are to the north.
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