History of Savannah, GA

We at Harper Special Services from Savannah can prove that this city is in the eastern part of the U.S. State of Georgia, and it’s the largest and oldest city in the state and the seat of Chatham County. Its recorded history starts in the year of 1733 with General James Oglethorpe, but the origins of the city date a bit further back to the Native American tribe Yamacraws, the first settlers in and around today’s Savannah. Together with the first colonizers, they form a well-rounded story of the city’s rich and colorful history.

Take a look at this interesting, educational, and concise overview of the history of Savannah, GA that your number one contractor in Georgia, Harper Special Services, has prepared for you.

The arrival of the First Colonizers

In the year 1733, a British General named James Edward Oglethorpe, a representative of King George II, arrived on his ship “Anne”, along with 120 other passengers, to the American Colonies, namely to the shores of the Savannah River. His mission and the main goal was to create a buffer zone to protect the state of South Carolina from the Spanish and the French that was advancing from Florida and Louisiana respectively.

Apart from that, Oglethorpe’s additional mission was to create a new start and a new life for the poor working class group of English men and women that he brought along, as well as to further develop trade in the American colonies in order to strengthen them.  With that in mind, he founded Georgia, the 13th and last British colony in America, named after their King.

Oglethorpe and his settlers were welcomed to the area by the Native American tribe called Yamacraws and their chief Tomochichi, whom the General befriended and maintained a peaceful and respectful relationship. Due to mutual respect and understanding, the Yamacraws granted him their permission to charter the town of Savannah, and unlike most other American colonies, Savannah and Georgia were founded peacefully, without war and conflict.

The town of Savannah soon after started growing and flourishing, becoming the first planned city in America. General Oglethorpe had already created an extensive and detailed plan for the city’s organization and growth, based on a grid of wide streets intersected by parks and public squares, as well as on sustainable agrarian economy. Out of the original 24 squares from the so-called Oglethorpe Plan, 22