Frederica - The Fort

Frederica - The Fort (HMCF7)

Location: Saint Simons Island, GA 31522 Glynn County
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Country: United States of America
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N 31° 13.443', W 81° 23.576'

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" In the morning, Mr. Oglethorpe beganto mark out a fort with four bastions, andtaught the men how to dig the ditch, andraise and turf the rampart."
Francis Moore1736 A Voyage to Georgia

General Oglethorpe chose this site forFrederica's fort. It was high ground on a river bend where cannon could hold off Spanish ships upstream ordownstream. Flanking marshes gave protection against land attack, And there was plenty of timber for buildingfortifications.

The fort at Frederica became the center of military operations along the Southernfrontier of the British colonies. From hereOglethorpe launched offensives againstthe Spanish at St. Augustine. The Spanishinvaded Georgia in 1742, but were turnedback before they reached Frederica.

The fort was eventually leveled-not by theSpanish, but by time and the elements.Archeological excavations in the 1950sconfirmed the locations of palisades, walls,and buildings. Earthworks have been partially reconstructed.
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Placed ByNational Park Service
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Date Added Sunday, October 5th, 2014 at 1:32am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17R E 462576 N 3454499
Decimal Degrees31.22405000, -81.39293333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 31° 13.443', W 81° 23.576'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds31° 13' 26.58" N, 81° 23' 34.56" W
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Area Code(s)912
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 6515 Frederica Rd, Saint Simons Island GA 31522, US
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