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Bulloch History with Roger Allen - Where exactly is our state of Georgia

Bulloch History with Roger Allen - Where exactly is our state of Georgia

Bulloch History with Roger Allen - Where exactly is our state of Georgia

Roger Allen

      Almost everyone knows where Georgia lies inside the boundaries of the United States. But where exactly is Georgia located on Mother Earth? The answer is surprising. It also makes it very clear why Georgia was an area that all of Europe's colonial powers wanted to control.
      First of all, Georgia lies between the 30th and 35th degrees of latitude. More precisely, Statesboro lies at 32 degrees north latitude, placing it on an approximate parallel with the modern cities of Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico; Hamilton, Bermuda; Isfahan, Iran, and even Benghazi in Libya.
      That means that Georgia also lies in the same climactic region as did the historical empires of the Greeks and the Romans. This region also includes the cities from which sprung modern civilization: Jerusalem, Babylon, Damascus, Alexandria, and Carthage.
      In the Bible, Moses describes the climate of Jerusalem thusly, "A good land, a land of brooks of water...a land of wheat, and barley, and vines, and fig trees, and pomegranate (and) a land of oil, olive, and honey; a land of corn, and wine, and oil." Sound familiar?
      Longitudinally, Bulloch County lies on a line south of Cleveland, Ohio and north of Havana, Cuba. Curiously enough, if Castro had pointed his missiles due north back in the 1960's, Bulloch County might have found itself in serious trouble.
      In fact, a book entitled "The Present State of Great Britain and North America", written by John Mitchell in 1767, very clearly lays out what part of their North American colonies would be essential to the continued well-being of the British Empire.
      Mitchell stated that "The northern colonies produce nothing wanted in Britain, and are entirely unfit for that purpose...The length and severity of the winters, the late and backward springs, and shortness of the summer fearsome, are unavoidable obstacles to all such improvements in agriculture."
      However, concerning the "Southern or Rice colonies", Mitchell had a very different opinion. He believed that "Georgia, which makes the great extent of the British dominions on this side of the Apalachean Mountains, lies in a climate, might otherwise produce everything we want from North America."
      Mitchell even goes on to relate that that Britain's most dangerous enemies, the Spaniards, had declared Georgia the most proper place for a settlement after they had searched the whole southern part of country from the Cape of Florida to the Mississippi.
      Mitchell decried that "The only obstacle (to the area's further settlement were) the Creek and Choctaw Indians (who) lie in the way," but then he went rather disingenuously to insinuate "as they are now at war with one another, that obstacle might be removed by proper management."

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