Sunday, 23 October 2011

Account of an early settler in America

Charter of Georgia 1732

Whereas we are credibly informed, that many of our poor subjects are, through misfortunes and want of employment, reduced to great necessity, insomuch as by their labor they are not able to provide a maintenance for themselves and families; and if they had means to defray their charges of passage, and other expences, incident to new settlements, they would be glad to settle in any of our provinces in America where by cultivating the lands, at present waste and desolate, they might not only gain a comfortable subsistence for themselves and families, but also strengthen our colonies and increase the trade, navigation and wealth of these our realms. And whereas our provinces in North America, have been frequently ravaged by Indian enemies, more especially that of South-Carolina, which in the late War, by the neighboring savages, was laid waste with fire and sword and great numbers of English inhabitants, miserably massacred, and our loving subjects who now inhabit them, by reason of the smallness of their numbers, will in case of a new war, be exposed to the late calamities; inasmuch as their whole southern frontier continueth unsettled, and lieth open to the said savages. And whereas we think it highly becoming our crown and royal dignity, to protect all our loving subjects, be they ever so distant from us; to extend our fatherly compassion even to the meanest and most unfortunate of our people, and to relieve the wants of our above mentioned poor subjects.

This account gives us information about how life is so much better in America compared to those back at home who will not be able to provide for themselves and their families. I also highlighted 'Indian enemies' as they are said in the account to have massacred the land on which they wish to live upon. Yet the account continues to speak highly of America even though they are supposedly being savaged by Native Americans. I find this very strange that they still consider America to be a happy and safe place to live, even with everything else going on, which makes me think where they travelled from must have been awful.

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