Savannah, Georgia

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Savannah is a city located on the furthest eastern coastline of the present-day U.S. state of Georgia.  Originally inhabited by the Yamacraw peoples, the area which would become Savannah, Georgia saw its first Europeans on February 12th, 1733, when General James Oglethorpe and other settlers landed at Yamacraw Bluff on their ship Anne.  Oglethorpe was an envoy of British King George II.  He was met at Yamacraw Bluff by natives Tomochichi and John and Mary Musgrove.  Mary Musgrove served as translator.  This date is considered Savannah, Georgia’s founding date.  Oglethorpe would order the construction of the city along a very rigid plan, which came to be known as the Oglethorpe Plan.

Savannah, Georgia was named after the Savannah River.  There are a few theories concerning the origin of the Savannah River’s name.  The first of these posits the river was named after the Shawnee, whose native name is ‘Sa-wano-ki,’ or ‘southerners’.  The second theory points to the English term ‘savanna’, referring to a kind of tropical grassland.  (Savanna was borrowed from the Spanish ‘sabana’, which itself was borrowed from the Taino word ‘zabana’.)  Yet another theory suggests the name originates from Algonquian terms referring to ‘southerners’ or perhaps ‘salt.’

Today, according to a 2016 report by the U.S. Census Bureau, the city of Savannah, Georgia has a total population of 146,763 ‘Savannahians.’  This makes it the fifth most populous city in the state of Georgia.  That same 2016 report estimates the Savannah, Georgia metropolitan area to have a total population of 384,024 people.  This makes it the third most populous metropolitan area in the state of Georgia.

Modern-day Savannah, Georgia’s economy is dominated by the Port of Savannah, manufacturing, the military, and, of course, the tourist industries.  In fact, in 2011, according to the Savannah Area Convention & Visitors Bureau, 12.1 million people visited the city that year.  This influx of tourists accounts for over $2 billion in the local economy, along with 17,000 jobs.  The Union Camp Paper Mill is one of the city’s largest employers.  Additionally, Savannah, Georgia also serves as the headquarters for the Gulfstream Aerospace Company, TitleMax, Morris Multimedia, and JCB.  On top of all this, the Port of Savannah is North America’s fourth largest port when it comes to shipping container traffic.

As for points of interest, Savannah, Georgia is positively brimming with them.  This may be due to the fact that Savannah is the oldest city located within Georgia.  Among these attractions is the Georgia Historical Society, which is the oldest continually operating historical society in the South, the Telfair Academy of Arts and Sciences, the First African Baptist Church, one of the oldest African-American Baptist congregations in the United States, Temple Mickve Israel, the third oldest synagogue in America, and the Central of Georgia Railway Roundhouse Complex, which is the oldest standing antebellum rail facility in America.

The Central of Georgia Railway Roundhouse Complex is also listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places and is considered a U.S. National Historic Landmark District.  Speaking of which, the entirety of Savannah, Georgia’s downtown area is considered one of the largest National Historic Landmark Districts in the United States.

As for sports, Savannah, Georgia is currently home to four professional franchises.  Grayson Stadium is home to Baseball’s Coastal Plain League’s Savannah Bananas, who have one league title to their names.  Armstrong State University’s courts are home to Continental Basketball League’s Savannah Wildcats, winners of one league title.  Savannah High School courts are home to East Coast Basketball League’s Savannah Storm, while Tiger Arena is home to American Indoor Football’s Savannah Steam.

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