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St. Simons Island in Glynn County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Frederica - The Fort

 
 
Frederica - The Fort Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Mike Stroud, May 10, 2009
1. Frederica - The Fort Marker
Inscription. " In the morning, Mr. Oglethorpe began to mark out a fort with four bastions, and taught the men how to dig the ditch, and raise and turf the rampart."
Francis Moore 1736 A Voyage to Georgia

General Oglethorpe chose this site for Frederica's fort. It was high ground on a river bend where cannon could hold off Spanish ships upstream or downstream. Flanking marshes gave protection against land attack, And there was plenty of timber for building fortifications.

The fort at Frederica became the center of military operations along the Southern frontier of the British colonies. From here Oglethorpe launched offensives against the Spanish at St. Augustine. The Spanish invaded Georgia in 1742, but were turned back before they reached Frederica.

The fort was eventually leveled-not by the Spanish, but by time and the elements. Archeological excavations in the 1950s confirmed the locations of palisades, walls, and buildings. Earthworks have been partially reconstructed.
 
Erected by National Park Service.
 
Location. 31° 13.443′ N, 81° 23.576′ W. Marker is in St. Simons Island, Georgia, in Glynn County. Marker can be reached from Frederica Drive. Click for map
Frederica - The Fort Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Nat. Park Serv.
2. Frederica - The Fort Marker
The settlers built the fort when they arrived in 1736. Later it was strengthened. This drawing shows how the fort may have looked about 1742.
. At Fort Frederica National Monument. Marker is in this post office area: Saint Simons Island GA 31522, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Frederica - Oglethorpe (within shouting distance of this marker); Frederica - Candlemaker (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Frederica - The Barricks (about 500 feet away); Frederica - Indian Interpreter (about 600 feet away); A New House? (about 700 feet away); Frederica - Huts and Houses (about 700 feet away); Shoemaker and Soldier (about 700 feet away); Tavernkeepers (about 700 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in St. Simons Island.
 
Also see . . .  Fort Frederica. New Georgia Encyclopedia (Submitted on May 13, 2009, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.) 
 
Categories. Colonial EraForts, CastlesSettlements & Settlers
 
Frederica - The Fort Photo, Click for full size
By Mike Stroud, May 10, 2009
3. Frederica - The Fort
Frederica - The Fort Photo, Click for full size
By Mike Stroud, May 10, 2009
4. Frederica - The Fort
Frederica - The Fort Historian / Living History Musket Firing Photo, Click for full size
By Mike Stroud, May 10, 2009
5. Frederica - The Fort Historian / Living History Musket Firing
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 626 times since then and 37 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on , by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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