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5 Fun Facts About March 12 In Georgia History

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1. In 1733, James Oglethorpe and the first Georgia colonists landed at what is now Savannah, marking the official founding of the colony.

2. On March 12, 1864, during the American Civil War, Union troops led by General William T. Sherman occupied the city of Jacksonville, Florida, which had been an important Confederate port.

3. In 1894, Juliette Gordon Low established the first Girl Scout troop in Savannah, Georgia. The organization has since grown into a global movement, empowering girls and young women to develop leadership skills and make a positive impact in their communities.

4. On March 12, 1922, the Georgia General Assembly ratified the Nineteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution, which granted women the right to vote.

5. In 1978, Georgia Governor George Busbee signed a bill that officially designated the peach as the state fruit. This decision was based on the peach's status as a major crop in Georgia, as well as its association with the state's nickname, "The Peach State."
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