Why was Georgia founded

Georgia has the distinction of being the last colony formed under the United States, and a pretty intriguing historical anecdote accompanies its formation. The colony of Georgia was the brainchild of a wealthy London resident named James Edward Oglethorpe who had spent a great deal of his life in close interaction with the poor.

The poor people of the area that is now known as Georgia were living a life of distress and desolation, purely because of the fact that they had no resources to sustain themselves. In fact, most of the families were under back breaking debts from money lenders. The result was that these unable poverty struck people were jammed into prison houses. James Edward Oglethorpe was of the view that sending the poor people to a separate colony could be a much better method of treating them rather than letting them decay in the prisons, without serving any purpose at all. A separate colony to the southern part of the state of South Carolina would have served a very handy purpose of resisting the Spanish misadventures from Florida. In this manner, the colony of Georgia presented an opportunity for the King of Britain to filter out the poor people and block the Spanish. Subsequently, a charter announcing the formation of a separate Georgian colony was issued by King George in the month of June of 1732.

However, it is hard to comment on whether the primary motive of the formation of Georgia was instantly served, as the historical data seems to suggest that out of the first few hundred settlers in the colony, hardly any were from the prisoner families. The pace of the growth of the colony was very slow to begin with, as there were constant misalignments between the inhabitants of the colony and the ruling government. However, the situation grew brighter as time progressed, and the oppressed poor people were able to live a life of happiness through their agricultural activities which gave them an opportunity to sketch the graph of their progress on their own.