Georgia coast, courtesy University of
Georgia's Coast stretches approximately 100 miles between historic
Georgia's oldest city -- to St. Marys, the gateway to
Cumberland Island National Seashore. This region features dozens of
opportunities for every traveler. From isolated beaches, mysterious
swamps, and tranquil marshes; to cobblestone streets, historic forts, and
lush plantations; to century-old buildings, dozens of which, are now
called home to boutiques and restaurants, there is something here for
Coastal Georgia has a very rich history, from
Native Americans, to French and
Spanish explorers, to becoming the southernmost of America's original 13
colonies. The first documented exploration was carried out along the
coastline in 1525 by two ships from Puerto Rico under pilot Pedro de Quejos, who had landed in
South Carolina in 1521 on a slaving expedition.
The first European settlement in what would become the 13 colonies was
made in Georgia in 1526, when Spanish explorer, Lucas Vazquez de Ayllon,
who had landed in South Carolina, moved south with his colonists
along Indian Trails. The short-lived colony of
San Miguel de Gualdape, thought to be near Sapelo Sound, lasted just a few
months before it was abandoned in early 1527.
It is believed that the pirate, Edward Thatch, better known as Blackbeard,
sailed along the Georgia coast, plundering other ships, and using
meandering rivers, creeks and
inlets as hiding places. It is rumored that Blackbeard buried treasure on
a Georgia island that was never recovered.
Take a tour
through Georgia's beautiful and history rich coast.