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Columbus in Muscogee County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Oglethorpe Meets the Indians at Coweta

 
 
Oglethorpe Meets the Indians at Coweta Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, February 4, 2017
1. Oglethorpe Meets the Indians at Coweta Marker
Inscription.  Having received word that the French and Spanish were exploiting the Indians´ grievances against the Carolina traders and encouraging the Indians to war against the British colonists in Ga., Oglethorpe informed the Trustees that he felt it was necessary to attend a meeting of the Creek Nation at Coweta in 1739. The Chickasaws and Choctaws were also to send delegates to the assembly at the capital town of the Lower Creeks. In this area Oglethorpe met the Indians, hoping not only to prevent an Indian war but secure an alliance of the Indians with England. Oglethorpe made the journey from Fort Frederica to Coweta accompanied by only a few men. Armed with his power of persuasion and presents for the Indians, however, he received a joyful greeting. The General cemented the friendship of Great Britain and the Creeks by the Treaty of Coweta, signed Aug. 21, 1739. Having made this treaty with the Creeks, Oglethorpe went to Augusta and had further conferences with the Indians. His efforts to remedy their grievances were rewarded by a promise of support if England became involved in conflict with her enemies.
 
Erected 1962 by the Georgia Historical Commission. (Marker Number 106-29.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Native Americans. In addition, it is included in the Georgia Historical Society series list.
 
Location. 32° 27.185′ N, 84° 59.412′ W. Marker is in
James Edward Oglethorpe portrait by Alfred Edmund Dyer. image. Click for full size.
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2. James Edward Oglethorpe portrait by Alfred Edmund Dyer.
Columbus, Georgia, in Muscogee County. Marker is at the intersection of 4th Street (U.S. 280) and 2nd Avenue, on the right when traveling east on 4th Street. Located just to the north of the Jonathan Hatcher Skateboard Park. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 200 4th Street, Columbus GA 31901, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Fourth Street Baptist Church (approx. 0.2 miles away); William Bartram Trail (approx. 0.2 miles away); Dedicated to the Veterans of 1898 to 1902 (approx. 0.2 miles away); “The Folly” (approx. ¼ mile away); John McIlhenny Home (approx. ¼ mile away); Gertrude "Ma" Rainey (approx. 0.4 miles away); Horace King (1807 - 1887) (approx. 0.4 miles away); Thomas Greene Bethune (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Columbus.
 
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker.
 
Also see . . .  Wikipedia article on James Oglethorpe. (Submitted on February 4, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
 
View of marker looking east on U.S. 280 (4th Street). image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, February 4, 2017
3. View of marker looking east on U.S. 280 (4th Street).
View from marker looking west across Chattahoochee River into Alabama. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, February 4, 2017
4. View from marker looking west across Chattahoochee River into Alabama.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on February 4, 2017. It was originally submitted on February 4, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 209 times since then and 28 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on February 4, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.
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