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Savannah, Georgia: A City of Firsts



Savannah, Georgia: A City of Firsts
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     challenging words:    homeport, Oglethorp, burning, goodwill, wide-open, warfare, original, founded, newly, series, cultural, union, slavery, settlement, public, backdrop
     content words:    General James Oglethorpe, Yamacraw Bluff, Yamacraw Indians, Savannah Historic District, National Historic Downtown Districts, United States, King George II, Revolutionary War, Civil War, Union General William Sherman


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Savannah, Georgia: A City of Firsts
By Joyce Furstenau
  

1     Besides being one of the first cities in the state of Georgia, Savannah was the first state capital of Georgia. General James Oglethorpe arrived on Yamacraw Bluff in 1733. He was greeted by a small band of Yamacraw Indians and two Indian traders. He founded the city of Savannah on that date.
 
2     The Savannah Historic District is one of the largest National Historic Downtown Districts in the United States. It was Oglethorpe who named the colony "Georgia." He named it after England's King George II. Oglethorp became friends with the Yamacraw chief named Tomochichi. They each pledged to help the other. The city of Savannah was soon thriving. It grew without any warfare as a result of this goodwill.
 
3     Savannah is known as America's first planned city. Oglethorpe laid the city out in a series of grids that allowed for wide-open streets. The buildings were mixed with shady public squares and parks.

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