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This Month in Georgia History

July 9, 2012

Did you know that for 3 years Savannah served as the state capital of Georgia?

On July 13, 1782 the Georgia Legislative Assembly met in Savannah following the recapture of the city from British control. No formal building was constructed in Savannah to serve as the official Capitol – as for much of its time as capital, Savannah shared the role with Augusta. The decision to split the legislative meetings between two cities was made in response to the ongoing split between coastal and upland Georgia. On January 4, 1785, the Georgia General Assembly convened in a final session in Savannah. Following this session, the capital was moved to Augusta. The available transportation and shifting population center prompted this decision.

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