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Title: Planting Families: Intent and outcome in the development of colonial Georgia
Author(s): Marsh, Benjamin John
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Keywords: Plantation
Land granting
Issue Date: Dec-2007
Citation: Marsh BJ (2007) Planting Families: Intent and outcome in the development of colonial Georgia, History of the Family, 12 (2), pp. 104-115.
Abstract: This article examines the evolution of a plantation society in the British American colony of Georgia. It explores the original intentions of founders and settlers, and how those intentions were discarded or adapted in the face of a volatile demographic environment. It uses information from land grant applications to describe the make-up of late colonial families, and locates the experiences of the Georgia population within the broader context of Atlantic population history. In particular, it argues that familial instability initially catalysed the emergence of a plantation system. The “family” was later accorded real significance in plantation Georgia only when it became serviceable to provincial elites, though it remained important as an organising unit beyond the plantation world, and as a source of shared aspirati
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