Sunday, November 16, 2014

French archives describe English colony in Metro Atlanta older than Jamestown

Via Carl

Note that while Europeans called the Southern Highlands, the Appalachian Mountains, Natives called the region, Paian - a Peruvian word.

A long-forgotten letter, discovered in early November of 2014 by regional planner and historian, Michael Jacobs, has provided very significant collaborating evidence that an English colony thrived in what is now northeast Metro Atlanta throughout the 17th century. Jacobs is Senior Regional Planner at the South Georgia Regional Commission in Waycross, GA.

The seven page letter was written on January 6, 1660 in perfect Renaissance French by Edward Graves (Graeves) a member of the board of directors of the colony, to the Rev. Charles de Rochefort, a French Protestant minister living in exile in Rotterdam, Holland. De Rochefort’s commentary on the letter said that Graves held a Doctor of Law and lived in Melilot within the Apalache Kingdom. The ruins of Melilot are probably located at Little Mulberry River Park in Gwinnett County, GA.

The letter starts out:

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6 comments:

  1. That's pretty amazing. My wife loves stuff like this for her office and historical perspective She's the family's Ancestry.com Master *grin*
    Thanks for this

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  2. What a great article, about a time period too few have studied. A history of Spanish Florida could be easily compiled by any scholar who would simply travel to Spain and consult the Archive of the Indies, the detailed records of the Spanish Empire of the period. It's quite possible, in fact, that such histories have already been written by Spanish scholars and have simply to be translated into English.

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    1. have already been written by Spanish scholars and have simply to be translated into English.

      Good point.

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  3. The ruins of Melilot are probably located at Little Mulberry River Park in Gwinnett County, GA

    I routinely hike Little Mulberry park and live a few hundred yards from the Little Mulberry river. I have walked these ruins in the park and have often wondered why no one had done a major investigation of them. They are stacked stones piles and are in quite few different location in the park. The park itself sits on Hog Mountain. There was a colonial fort nearby called Fort Daniel that is currently undergoing excavation and there are plans to rebuild it.


    Grenadier1

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    1. wondered why no one had done a major investigation of them.

      Thanks and maybe mention this to those working at Fort Daniel.

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