Ancient Georgians and European Exploration COMIC
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The Natives Are Invaded
Why are you destroying our homes? Your diseases and weapons are killing off our people!
The Europeans Explore
This way, Hernando de Soto, sir. Those natives won't be holding us back from our gold for long!
The English Arrive
Let us establish some colonies along the Atlantic Coast, eh? This New world has many of the products we need, such as tobacco.
Yes, let's! We could do mercantilism, and make Georgia a buffer colony to protect the King's interests. It'll be great!
The Mississipian Natives were the first native americans in Georgia to encounter the Europeans. Their culture was diverse, and included farming, organized chiefdom societies, burial mounds, and palisades. The Europeans brought diseases and better technology, and along with the advantage of fear, they were able to beat the Mississippian Indians.
The first European to discover parts of Georgia was Hernando de Soto, from Spain. He came to the New World looking for gold, and he also killed thousands of natives along the way. De Soto's gold hunt was not successful. Other Europeans came looking for things beside riches, like power and fame for their country, and/or the need to spread Christianity or to escape religious persecution.
England began settling along the Atlantic Coastline. They created colonies; some thrived, some did not. Factors that make a colony successful includes mercantilism, farming cash crops, and creating a need for labor. It also helps if there was cooperation with the natives. Georgia became a "buffer" colony to act as a divide between the different European nations and to prevent conflict between them.
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