Map/Chart > The Middle States
The coast, rivers and inlets of the Province of Georgia
Previously unpublished, this beautiful chart shows the coast of Georgia including all rivers and settlements, and includes Savannah.
|Date||1st February 1780|
|Hydrographer/Surveyor/Artist:||Joseph Avery, J.F.W. Des Barres|
|Size Of Original:||w 32" x h 25"|
|Paper Type||Hahnemuhle German Etching 310gsm|
The British interest in this region intensified in 1778 as it became clear that support for the Colonial cause and Independence had gained strength to the point that the New England states were virtually lost. By the time this chart was drawn the British had already decided that the largely loyalist middle and southern states might still be retained as part of the Empire, and under the new command of General Henry Clinton they started to implement their 'Southern Strategy' as follows:
By occupying the key town of Savannah (along with that of Charleston in South Carolina) and by mobilizing and arming the loyalist population, including the slaves, they hoped to split these states from the rest.