History 2111 – Stan Brown
Ena A. Carson
August 23, 2010
Trustees and Malcontents: The Colonial Controversy over Slavery and Georgia’s Future The charter by King George II to give Georgia to James Edward Oglethorpe was used as a means to lower the population of England by transferring the Poor Subjects of Misfortune but yet those who want employment to Georgia. King George II would pay the way of the Poor Subjects of Misfortune provided they agreed to occupy and work the 50 acres of land provided to them and their family upon arrival to Georgia. This would give England a stronghold between Carolina and the Spanish occupied Florida. After seeing how the Carolina’s use of slavery over took the general population of Carolina, King Georgia II and James Oglethorpe agreed that no slaves would be allowed in Georgia. This would provide a strength to the other 12 colonies in that the Poor Subjects would be willing to fight for the King and protect Georgia as their new home. As a loving father would, the trustees felt that by guaranteeing the transfer of land to only the eldest son would be protection from further poverty and stop any temptation for the unfortunates. In order to guarantee that Georgia ‘s mission remain true the trustee’s passed two laws: (1) no liquor and (2) no slaves. The first documented was written by a well known Scottish Physician, Patrick Talifer, explaining the medical need for slavery. It is noted that the heat of Georgia has a stronger effect on the white servants and it points out that the Negros are already accustomed to the heat. The second document is the Trustee’s response to the first document by Patrick Talifer, reminding everyone that Georgia is to be a settlement of people who subsist themselves and provide protection for South Carolina who is already exposed to be overthrown easily due to the small number of white settlers. It notes that this would make the white man lazy and that he would always be on guard for any...
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