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A Brief History:
 1773 and before: Early Settlers
 1777: One of 8 Original Georgia Counties
 1779: Revolutionary War Battle
 1780: Washington Incorporated
 1780: Temporary Georgia Capital
 1790: Home to 38% of Georgia's Population
 1795: Eli Whitney & Cotton
 1865: Lost Confederate Gold
 1865: Last Meeting of Confederacy
 Legacies: Counties, Governors, Gospel
 Today: History Preserved

Lost Gold
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A List of Firsts

1795: Eli Whitney perfects the cotton gin

Cotton!   Eli Whitney, inventor of the cotton gin, perfected his invention at a plantation on Upton Creek, owned by Phineas Miller, in his log workshop in 1795. Here the first gin not propelled by hand, but by water, was put into operation. The cotton gin enabled large scale commercialization of cotton by easily removing the seeds, previously performed by hand.

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