Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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History | S. Babcock & Co. | 1840
For twenty years this peace was religiously observed
by both parties. Meanwhile, Georgia was formed into a
colony, and settled under the government of the celebrated
general, Oglethorpe. New influences began to prevail
for the benefit of the two colonies. The merchants of
Great Britain found their interest in encouraging the trade
with the Carolinians ; and the introduction of an immense
number of slaves, which enabled them to clear and culti-
vate lands which had been hitherto inaccessible to Euro-
pean labor, enabled the planters to extend, immeasurably,
their credit and resources. The produce of the province,
in a few years, was doubled. Forty thousand barrels of
rice were exported in 1731, besides deer-skins, furs,
naval stores, and provisions. Charlestown contained six
hundred buildings ; and constant improvements and daily
accessions of population and property began to distin-
guish the Ashley river settlement, as one of the most
flourishing of all the English colonies in the new world.
Nor were the improvements confined to the metropolis.
A vast accession of Indian lands, in the interior, encour-
aged the settlers to penetrate even to the Cherokee
A colony of Swiss settled on the Savannah, and estab-
lished the town of Purrysburgh. Eleven townships were
marked out on various rivers : two on the Altamaha, two
on Savannah, two on Santee, and one on each of the
rivers, Pedee, Black, Waccamaw, and Wateree. Spa-
cious churches sprang up, even in the wilderness ; and
the providence of the royal proprietor provided ample
military stores and arms for the defence of his new and
valuable acquisitions.