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It was today in 1731 that Spanish pirates invaded the British ship Rebecca in the Caribbean. During the battle that ensued British Richard Jenkin’s ear was sliced off by a Spanish pirate. Jenkins survived to tell his tale and the British government was enraged and went to war against Spain. This led to battles here in Florida as British James Oglethorpe fought to keep the new colony of Georgia out of the hapless Florida Spanish hands. Oglethorpe was successful as Georgia ended up with a firm hold of land north of the St Johns and the Spanish with the land south.

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