Georgia celebrates 278th birthday

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) - It's time to wish Georgia a happy 278th birthday.

Saturday marks the anniversary of Georgia's founding as the last of America's 13 original colonies. British Gen. James Edward Oglethorpe and about 100 settlers established the colony at Savannah on Feb. 12, 1733.

Savannah traditionally celebrates Georgia Day with a parade of local school children in colonial costume marching through the streets of the city's downtown historic district. This year the parade was held a day early, on Friday.

The British started Georgia as a haven for unemployed laborers and debtors, and as a defensive buffer between Charleston, S.C., and the Spanish in Florida.

Oglethorpe named the colony for King George II of England.

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