The Salzburger Saga
Religious Exiles and Other Germans Along the Savannah

George Fenwick Jones


"Although Jones describes the Saga as “a modest contribution” to the commemoration of the 250th anniversary of the arrival of the Salzburgers, it is in actuality a substantial one to the celebration, and a welcome addition to eighteenth-century German-American studies.”

“Can be highly recommended for scholars, libraries, and, indeed, anyone interested in colonial American history.”
Journal of American History

“[Jones’] narrative brims with information on movements, settlements, and social relations of Germans in Georgia, and his appendix listing virtually all German residents and correcting many errors and much confusion about German names adds useful genealogical data for the colonial period. . . . Jones has written a very good book about a people too long misunderstood or forgotten.”
Journal of Southern History

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In 1731, the archbishop of Salzburg expelled twenty thousand Protestants who refused to abjure their religion. Three hundred of these emigrants accepted the invitation of the Georgia Trustees to settle in their new colony. The first Salzburger transport arrived in 1734 and was followed during the next seven years by three more. The Salzburgers names their colony Ebenezer. Based mainly on detailed journals and letters written by the Salzburgers’ pastor, Johann Martin Boltzius, this work describes the expulsion of the Salzburger emigrants, their journey to Georgia, the hardships they endured, and their eventual success in cattle raising, agriculture, lumbering, and silk culture and also includes details of the Swiss, Palatines, and Württembergers who joined them. Appended is a composite list of Ebenezer’s inhabitants in High German forms to facilitate genealogical research in European archives and correct errors in the version published by the Ebenezer Church.

Page count: 238
21 b&w photos and illus.
Trim size: 5.5 x 8.5

Read more about Salzburgers at the New Georgia Encyclopedia.


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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 Georgia Dutch: From the Rhine and Danube to the Savannah, 1733–1783 and the general editor and translator of sixteen volumes of the Detailed Reports of the Salzburger Emigrants Who Settled in America (all Georgia).