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5 Fun Facts About November 21 In Georgia History

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1. On November 21, 1733, James Edward Oglethorpe and his group of settlers arrived in Georgia. They named the site of their first settlement Savannah and established the colony of Georgia, which was the last of the 13 colonies to be founded.

2. In 1818, the Treaty of Adams-Onis was signed on November 21, which ended a long-standing dispute between Spain and the United States over the boundaries of Florida and the Louisiana Purchase. The treaty ceded Florida to the United States and established the boundary between Mexico and the United States.

3. On November 21, 1864, during the American Civil War, Union General William T. Sherman began his famous “March to the Sea.” The march started in Atlanta and ended in Savannah, leaving a trail of destruction as Union troops destroyed railroads, buildings, and infrastructure, crippling the Confederacy’s ability to wage war.

4. The University of Georgia was founded on November 21, 1785, making it the first state-chartered university in the United States. The university's first classes were held in a log cabin and included only a handful of students. Today, the University of Georgia is a major research institution with more than 38,000 students.

5. On November 21, 1974, Hank Aaron, a native of Georgia, was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame. Aaron is considered one of the greatest baseball players of all time and is best known for breaking Babe Ruth’s home run record in 1974, with a total of 755 home runs. He also played with the Atlanta Braves for much of his career, helping to establish the team as a major contender in the National League.
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