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1 ROYAL COLONY colonists allowed to own and sell more land LAND OWNERSHIPcolonists allowed to own and sell more landlarge plantations farms with slave laborsocial classes developedborder of Georgia increased south to St. Mary’s River and west to Mississippi RiverSLAVERYonly wealthy could own slavesworked on rice plantationsplanters bought more and more landchanged the economy of Georgia – grew richslaves were property and had no rightsGOVERNMENTRoyal governors appointed by KingTrustee laws repealedbi-cameral legislaturewhite males with property could votecolonists had more freedom: self-governmentcourt system to settle disputes
2 EQ: What impact did the Royal Governors have on the colony of Georgia? John Reynolds Henry Ellis James Wright1st Royal Governor of GeorgiaBrought self-governmentSet up court systemsColony was poorUnpopular and ineffectivePoor relations with IndiansRemoved from office2nd Royal GovernorRestored the colonyReformed the governmentDivided GA into parishesHelped the Creek IndiansWell liked and respected3rd (last) Royal GovernorVery popularIncreased the size of GAEconomy improvedPopulation increased
3 End of the Trustee Period and a Change in Government Georgia became a Royal Colony when the Trustee Period ended in 1752.Definition: Royal Colony – Colony overseen by the crown of England.The British Parliament had to pass a charter in order for Georgia to become an official Royal Colony. This process took two years. Georgia would not get its first official royal governor until 1754.The government of Georgia would change drastically as the people, under the leadership of the Royal Governors, would have to learn to govern themselves.
4 Three Royal Governors: John Reynolds John Reynolds – Georgia’s first royal governor.Governed from 1754 to 1757.Governor Reynolds introduced the idea of self-government to the colonists and assisted in the creation of a bicameral (two houses) legislature and the creation of a court system.Eventually, due to a disagreement between Governor Reynolds and the legislature the legislature was sent home. Reynolds tried and failed to rule Georgia himself.The British Parliament recalled Reynolds in 1757 and said that he was ineffective.
5 Three Royal Governors: Henry Ellis Henry Ellis – Georgia’s second royal governor.Governed fromGovernor Ellis tried to learn from the mistakes of John Reynolds. Ellis set up a budget and regulated trade with the Native Americans.Henry Ellis also worked to increase the size and productivity of the colony of Georgia. By 1759, the population of the colony had increased to over 10,000, including 3,600 slaves.In 1759, Henry Ellis became ill and returned to Great Britain. He was replaced as the governor of Georgia in 1760.
6 Three Royal Governors: James Wright James Wright – Georgia’s third (and last) royal governor.Governed fromDuring Governor Wright’s term in office the size of Georgia increased. After the French and Indian War ended in 1763, Georgia gained a large amount of land. Governor Wright believed Georgia could be even more profitable for England by allowing farmers (and their slaves) to live and work on this land.James Wright continued to serve as the Royal Governor of Georgia until the beginning of the American Revolution.
7 Land OwnershipSettlers who came to colony of Georgia during the Trustee Period were limited in the amount of land they could own.People who came by way of the Trust’s charity were limited to 50 acres of land. People who paid their way could have up to 500 acres of land.During the Trustee Period of Georgia’s history only men could own or inherit land. Many colonists were angry about this and wanted women to be able to own/inherit land.As Georgia continued to develop as a Royal Colony citizens were given the opportunity to purchase more land (and use slaves to work the land) and women were allowed to inherit land.
8 SlaveryDuring the beginning of the Trustee Period, Georgia’s state law prohibited slavery (slavery was not allowed).Wealthy colonists who could afford to buy enslaved people demanded to be allowed to bring them to Georgia. Many farmers believed that in order to compete with neighboring states (like South Carolina) they had to be allowed to own slaves.Between 1750 and 1775, the number of Africans living in slavery increased from 500 to 18,000. These slaves had no rights, were not allowed to marry, were not allowed to live where they wanted, and were not allowed to learn to read or write. Slaves who broke these rules were punished, including beatings, whippings, separation from friends and family, and even death.
9 French-Indian War ( )Great Britain & France went to war over the world empires. It began in N. America.Indians sign treaty to remain neutral between France and England (so they could trade with both)Iroquois Indians allow English to use the Ohio River Valley land, but French deny access, they claim that it is their land
10 Fort NecessityLt. Col. George Washington is sent to survey the Ohio River Valley landFort Necessity is built (British fort) to rival French Fort DuquesneThe two sides fight, Washington is captured (but the French let him go…mistake!)
11 Turning point of the war : French are winning the war- guerilla warfare.British commanders begin to fight in guerilla warfare tactics. British start winning the warSpain joined France as an ally.1760: British are victorious, the war continues in Europe for three more years
12 Treaty of Paris (1763)King George II dies, George III takes power (has new plans for the colonies)Treaty of Paris (1763) ends the war:France loses all land east of the Mississippi River and Canada. They keep New Orleans settlementBritish claim all land east of the Mississippi, including Florida territorySpain looses FLORIDA.Georgia’s new boundary is the Mississippi
13 Proclamation Line of 1763Proclamation of 1763: line through the Appalachian Mountains. Colonists could not settle west of the line.Britain claims this is to protect them from the Native American IndiansColonists hate this rule, because it was really made to keep the colonists close to the British Army ( to keep an eye on them!)
14 British Taxes The war was expensive, put Britain in debt So to pay off the debt, George III decides to raise taxes on the colonistsSugar Act (1764): tax on sugar, molasses, wine, indigo and coffeeStamp Act (1765): tax on all paper products
15 Colonial ProtestSugar Act: hurts Georgia, imported sugar from West IndiesReaction: minor protest, illegal tradeStamp Act: hurts business, industry (worse in the North) Why?Reaction: protest, burning effigy, Stamp Act Congress, forming of Sons of Liberty, and Liberty Boys: Georgians against the Act
16 Colonial Outrage Colonists hate these new taxes, angry with Britain Remember: taxation without representation for the coloniesSons of Liberty forms: protest group formed by Samuel Adams (Boston)Patrick Henry protests the Stamp Act, Britain drops the tax, Georgia is the only colony to sell stamps with tax (2 weeks)Doesn’t hurt Georgia that bad. Why?
17 Townshend Act (1767)Townshend Act (1767): taxes on paper, glass, tea, paint, many items!More colonial outrage, hurts Northern coloniesReaction: Colonists boycott British goods & cloth, stop drinking tea, stop painting= hurts Britain’s economySons of Liberty grow in membership
18 Boston Massacre (1770) Colonists harass British soldiers in Boston. The soldiers open fire on the un-armed crowd, kill 5 colonists.Britain is mortified, repeal the tax acts, except on teaRelative peace for a few years
19 Tea Act (1773)Tea Act: to help save the East India trading company. Wanted to force the colonists to pay high price for tea.Reaction: Colonists smuggle tea from other countriesBoston Tea Party
20 Intolerable Acts (1774)Intolerable Acts: to punish the colonists for tea party:Closed the port of Boston until repaid for teaNo local government/town meetings (Repealed the MA charter)No British official could be tried in the coloniesQuartering Act: colonists have to house British soldiers at their own expense!Reaction: Total outrage, Continental Congress, Committees of Safety= boycott
21 RevolutionColonists now begin to speak of independence, but some Georgians still loyal…Why?Second Continental Congress: Georgia not very supportive, but send Lyman Hall, Button Gwinnett, George Walton to represent them