The Georgia Dutch
From the Rhine and Danube to the Savannah, 1733–1783

George Fenwick Jones


"Offers a wealth of invaluable, carefully assembled data on a hitherto marginalized topic and challenges the interpretative imagination of future historians."
Journal of American History

“Jones’ book is extraordinarily detailed without being tedious or dull… We are indeed most fortunate to have now, along with the wealth of specialized material Jones has already published, his book called The Georgia Dutch. This will undoubtedly be the standard work on the subject of the Germans in colonial Georgia for decades if not for centuries to come.”
—Christopher L. Dolmetsch, Marshall University, International Migration Review

“Jones has done the unprecedented—at least in Georgia history—by combining a fruitful array of American, German, and English archives and assembling their products in unique fashion to present this comprehensive study of the role played by Germanic immigrants in colonial development… In short, for Georgians—even those without a trace of German ancestry—this book is a must.”
—Roger K. Warlick, Armstrong State College, Atlanta History

“[Jones] weaves diverse materials together skillfully and provides a valuable resource to introduce the beginner and to direct the advanced reader through the maze of original documents… Altogether, The Georgia Dutch is an important distillation and synthesis of a neglected dimension of American colonial history.”
—Jerry L. Surratt, Wingate College, The North Carolina Historical Review

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This is the first comprehensive history of the German-speaking settlers, known collectively as the Georgia Dutch, who emigrated to the Georgia colony from Germany, Alsace, Switzerland, Austria, and adjacent regions. George Fenwick Jones offers a chronological account of the Georgia Dutch from their earliest arrival in 1733 to their dispersal and absorption into an Anglo-American populace by 1783. He traces tensions between the settlers’ lives and the colony’s trustees and relations between German- and English-speaking whites, African Americans, and Native Americans. Based on twenty-  ve years of research with primary documents in Europe and the United States, The Georgia Dutch is a reappraisal of an ethnic group whose role in colonial history has been unfairly minimized.

Page count: 382
15 b&w illus, 9 maps
Trim size: 6 x 9


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George Fenwick Jones was a professor emeritus of German and comparative literature at the University of Maryland. He is the author of The Salzburger Saga: Religious Exiles and Other Germans along the Savannah and the general editor and translator of sixteen volumes of the Detailed Reports on the Salzburger Emigrants Who Settled in America (all Georgia).