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Savannah, Georgia: The Lasting Legacy of Colonial City Planning

describes the establishing of Georgia as a colony in America and the design of the settlement. When a friend in jail for debt died there, General James Oglethorpe, a member of the House of Commons, asked Parliament for an investigation into the suffering of debtors in London jails. A committee concluded that a colony should be established in America for the poor. Oglethorpe led a sea voyage of 114 men, women, and children who hoped for a better opportunity in America. (National Park Service, Teaching with Historic Places)

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Panorama of Savannah by Fermin Cerveau, 1837.  (Courtesy of the Georgia Historical Society)

Panorama of Savannah

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