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Thursday, January 2, 2014

Spanish Fleet in Florida as early as 1500s

17th  century buildings in St. Augustine
Florida history greatly affected the new Georgia colony.  The reason is that the Spanish occupied St. Augustine and were a threat to new settlers.  A culture of Spanish Indians and Europeans from Spain already had several hundred years.  In the beginning, all of the natives in Florida and Georgia were called Guale Indians. The Spanish had a great influence on them, sending friars to teach christianity and establishing parish houses.  Ultimately, however, they were hired as the natural trouble-makers to English settlers. There is still so much Spanish influence in northern Florida. During the Revolutionary War, the Tories (traitors) escaped into the south Georgia swamps and northern Florida and from there they went to the islands of the Barbadoes. This is where you will want to research if your families were in Georgia at the time of Oglethorpe, but then disappeared after about 1742.

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