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Who founded Georgia?

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Georgia was founded by James Oglethorpe in 1732 after he was given a charter by King George II to create a new colony between South Carolina and Florida. The state was subsequently named after the king.

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There were two important reasons why Georgia was founded. The first was to give debtors a place to go to start anew, and the second was to have the newly founded colony serve as a barrier to prevent Spanish expansion from Florida. The state was first founded with the intention of having little landholding and no slavery. However, after it became a royal colony in 1752, slavery and plantations became a large part of its economy.

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    How did Georgia get its name?

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    Georgia was named for King George II of England, who had specified in the colony's charter that it should be named for him. Georgia was founded by James Oglethorpe in 1732, the last of the 13 colonies to be formed.

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