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Nicknames: The Garden City (of
the South), Masters City, The AUG
In 1996, the City of
Augusta and Richmond County consolidated to form one government -
Augusta was first used by Native
Americans as a place to cross the Savannah River, because of
Augusta's location on the fall line.
In 1735, two years
after James Oglethorpe founded Savannah, he sent a detachment of
troops on a journey up the Savannah River. He gave them an order
to build at the head of the navigable part of the river. The job
fell into the hands of Nobel Jones, who created the settlement to
provide a first line of defense against the Spanish and the
French. Oglethorpe then named the town Augusta, in honor of
Princess Augusta, wife of Frederick, Prince of Wales.
town was laid out on the flat slopes of the Savannah River, just
east of the sand hills that would come to be known as
"Summerville". The townspeople got along peacefully most of the
time with the surrounding tribes of Creek and Cherokee
In 1739, construction began on a road to connect
Augusta to Savannah. This made it possible for people to reach
Augusta by horse, rather than by boat, and more people began to
migrate inland to Augusta. Later, in 1750, Augusta's first church,
St. Paul's, was built near Fort Augusta. It became the leader of
the local parish.
Under Georgia's new constitution, a new
political structure was laid out in 1777, and Augusta's parish
government would be replaced by a new county government, Richmond
County, which was named after the Duke of Richmond.
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