Wednesday, May 23, 2018

How the Scottish Highlanders Won the War of Jenkin's Ear #georgiapioneers

McIntosh County was Settled by Highlanders

Prince CharlesDuring 1733 General James Oglethorpe transported over one hundred settlers from the highlands of Scotland. The Scots had suffered persecution in the hands of the British since their first hero, Charles Stuart sought the throne in 1689. And during the Jacobite Rebellion of 1745, history a young prince known affectionately as "bonnie Prince Charles" came on the scene and attempted to claim the throne for himself. Charles Edward Stuart believed that it was his birthright and he planned an invasion of Great Britain with his Jacobite following and removed the Hanoverian usurper, George II. When the plan failed, the Scottish clans first began to immigrate. By 1733, however, with poorly circumstances influencing the highlanders, they opted to depart. Oglethorpe set aside the location of an old British fort in America, between Savannah and Darien, to protect the new colonists in Savannah from the Spanish armada in St. Augustine. If the truth be told, it was the highlanders who, using guerrilla warfare against an attack of Spanish conquistadors during the War of Jenkins Ear (1742) which convinced Spain to surrender and relinquish its claim to land in the Americas.  Ancestors in McIntosh County GA

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