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Children's LiteratureThe history of Georgia is one that younger readers may well find fascinating. Georgia was originally explored by the Spanish conquistadors. These men of war cloaked themselves with the trappings of the Catholic Church as they searched for gold and other treasures. Finding no "Cities of Gold" the Spaniards settled for establishing coastline fortifications and a few settlements. Over time, English settlers who brought a far different perspective supplanted the Spaniards. Originally headed by James Oglethorpe, Georgia was to become a colony that embraced some very liberal principles. As the colony of Georgia grew, the Native American people who had lived there for centuries were forced out. Georgians prospered as the years passed. In the mid-18th century, Georgians became frustrated with the economic policies of Mother England. This dissatisfaction fueled the movement toward rebellion and Georgia's participation in the Revolution. Finally, after success in that war, Georgians ratified the newly drafted U.S. Constitution and became the fourth state in the Republic. This history of colonial Georgia is compressed into three dozen pages by writer Marc Davis. Despite the smallness of this illustrated entry in the broader "Our Thirteen Colonies" series, readers will come away from this slim volume with a better understanding of Georgia's history. As is true with the other twelve books in this series, The Georgia Colony is a good jumping off point for further inquiry into the history of one of the original thirteen colonies and states. 2004, The Child's World, Ages 8 to 10.
— Greg M. Romaneck