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Georgia Colony

The Province of Georgia (also Georgia Colony) was one of the Southern colonies in British America. It was the last of the thirteen original colonies established by Great Britain in what later became the United States. In the original grant, a narrow strip of the province extended to the Mississippi River.

What do you know about the Georgia Colony? Try this US History Made Easy Quiz.  "Check Your Answers" at the end of the page.

Trivia powered by Prof. Walter1) Who obtains a charter to organize the Georgia Colony?

  • Miles Standish
  • Freeman Morgan
  • John G. Marshall
  • James Oglethorpe

2) The founder envisions the province as a location for the resettlement of English debtors and "the worthy poor", although no debtors or convicts are part of the organized settlement of Georgia.

  • True or False?

3) Another motivation for the founding of the colony is as a "buffer state" (border), or "garrison province" that will defend the southern part of the British colonies from French Louisiana.

  • True or False?

4) The founder's imagines a province populated by "sturdy farmers" that could guard the border; because of this, the colony's charter permits slavery.

  • True or False?

5) The first settlers arrive at Yamacraw Bluff, in what is now Savannah. What is the date?

  • February 12, 1732
  • February 12, 1733
  • February 12, 1734
  • February 12, 1735

6) An American Indian village occupies the site, but the colony founder arrange for the Native American Indians to move. Who is the tribe?

  • Yamacraw
  • Creek
  • Atlanta
  • Savannah

7) The original charter specifies the colony as being between the Savannah and Altamaha Rivers, up to their headwaters (the headwaters of the Altamaha are on the Ocmulgee River), and then extending westward "sea to sea." The area within the charter has previously been part of the original colonial grant. What is the colony?

  • Carolina
  • Mississippi
  • Virginia
  • Florida

8) Georgia Cracker refers to the original American pioneer settlers of the Province of Georgia and their descendants. The term "cracker" was in use during Elizabethan times to describe braggarts. The original root of this is the Middle English word crack meaning "entertaining conversation" (One may be said to "crack" a joke.)

  • True or False?

9) Georgia officially ceases to be a trustee colony and becomes a crown colony.  What is the date?

  • January 7, 1755
  • February 7, 1755
  • March 7, 1755
  • April 7, 1755

10) In practice, settlement in the colony is limited to the near vicinity of the Savannah River. The western area of the colony remains under American Indian tribe control of the until after the American Revolutionary War.

  • Oswego Indian Confederation
  • Creek Indian Confederation
  • Mohawk Indian Confederation
  • Cherokee Indian Confederation

Georgia Colony
[Answers]

  1. James Oglethorpe
  2. True
  3. False. It is a buffer state with Spanish Florida.
  4. False. The colony's charter prohibits slavery.
  5. February 12, 1733
  6. Yamacraw
  7. Carolina
  8. True
  9. January 7, 1755
  10. Creek Indian Confederation
 

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