The English government worried about the proximity the Spanish
forts in Florida
British social reformer James Oglethorpe received the Crown's permission to establish a new North American colony south of South Carolina. The British colony of Georgia was founded in the early 18th century be a "prison" colony for Great Britain's criminals. The colony has a storied history ranging from a gold mining colony to the home of the Cherokee Native Tribes. Later it was a slave holding member of the Confederate States of America.