In 1732 King George II of England decided that he would establish a colony on the northern border of Florida; a colony that would be named after him, the colony of Georgia. In July of that year people in London were growing restless, they wanted to know the particulars of the Charter that would establish this new colony in North America. A few things were known about the new colony at the time. According to The Weekly Rehearsal, a Boston paper, the colony would serve as a way for England to relieve itself of some of its poor and unfortunate while at the same time providing England with valuable commodities. A group of wealthy aristocrats formed a trust and drew up a charter and on July 22nd held the first meeting of the Trustees of the Colony of Georgia, and so the colony of Georgia was formed.
News about the Georgia colony made it from London to the American Colonies relatively quickly. The meeting that was held on July 22nd by the board of trustees for the colony ended up in papers in Boston in under two months, making the September 11th issue. Coverage was widespread throughout the colonies but based on the timeline that I saw it took anywhere from two to three weeks for the news to move from one colony to another. The story was first run in The Weekly Rehearsal, one of the papers in Boston at the time in the September 11th-18th issue. From there it made its way down the coast to Newport Rhode Island featuring in the Rhode Island Gazette on October 4th. Days later it was published in the American Weekly Mercury in Philadelphia. This was big news that was circulated throughout the North American colonies, it was something that everyone wanted to know about because the founding of a new colony would indirectly affect everyone’s lives. These articles about the new colony of Georgia were about many things; mostly it was news of who would be running it, what the charter said, and the proceedings of the trustee committee. One thing that was very striking was the fact that the crown was looking at this new colony as an answer to their now burgeoning population of poor and unfortunate subjects. The general opinion in England was that if the crown would send these poor and impoverished people to Georgia the country would reap two benefits. First they would alleviate themselves of the poorest portion of their population. Second they would gain a number of commodities that their climate would not allow them to produce such as silk and olives (this is specifically alluded to in the December 4th issue of The Weekly Rehearsal. Newspapers were actually republishing much of the same articles more than once. Printers would begin with the story that was sent over from the London newspapers; then as they got more information they would add to and reprint the articles so that everyone would have them in their entirety. That December 4th issue was the most updated of all that I found, it was also the last time that I saw anything published about the founding of the Georgia colony. Coverage on the event ranged from September 11th to December 4th in 1732 and spanned many different topics. The Main focus of most of the articles was the fact that the Georgia colony would service the poor of England and benefit the country itself. There were comparisons to the benefit to England that other colonies provided and some detailing of the charter granted by the king also. The founding of the Georgia colony was headline news in 1732, news that was shared and built upon throughout the existing colonies.