St. Simons Island in Glynn County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
Frederica - The Fort
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. Touch for map
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). Touch for a list and map 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 Era • Forts, Castles • Settlements & Settlers •
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