Bloody Marsh, Saint Simons Island

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The Battle of Bloody Marsh was a battle that took place on July 7, 1742 between Spanish and British forces on St. Simons Island, part of the Province of Georgia, resulting in a victory for the British. Part of a much larger conflict known as the War of Jenkins' Ear, the battle was for the British fortifications of Fort Frederica and Fort St. Simons, with the strategic goal the sea routes and inland waters they controlled. With the victory, the Province of Georgia established undisputed claim to the island. It is now part of the U.S. state of Georgia. The British also won the Battle of Gully Hole Creek, which took place on the island the same day.BackgroundJames Oglethorpe led the colonization of Georgia for Great Britain, and had chosen Savannah as the principal port for the new colony. In the 1730s, Spain and Great Britain were disputing control of the border between Georgia and La Florida, where the Spanish had several settlements and forts.Given a heightened threat of Spanish invasion, Oglethorpe sought to increase his southern defenses. Accompanied by rangers and two Native American guides, Oglethorpe picked St. Simons Island as the site for a new town and fort. In 1734, Oglethorpe convinced the Parliament and the colonial trustees to pay for a military garrison at the fort.
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  • July 9, 2017
    We visited this area by kayak. Learning the history of the name was interesting. A great marsh. Wonderful kayaking nearby.  more »
  • June 25, 2017
    roadside attraction with 3 markers right at the edge of the marsh where the british turned back the spanish and preserved the colony for the english early on in colonial georgia. perhaps america's fis...  more »
  • June 15, 2017
    The island is small and this stop is on the main road. Stop in and learn a little Georgia history. A good 10-15 minute stop, Interesting info about the soldiers uniforms and who came from where.  more »

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