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In the early 20th century, Georgia was known for its "convict leasing" system, which allowed companies to lease prisoners from the state for labor. The system was abolished in 1908 after investigations revealed widespread abuse and mistreatment of prisoners.
Colquitt County, Georgia, has a rich history that dates back to the early 19th century. The area was originally inhabited by Native American tribes, including the Creek and Cherokee. In the 1820s, white settlers began to arrive in the region, establishing farms and plantations. The county was officially created in 1856 and named after Walter Terry Colquitt, a U.S. Senator from Georgia.

During the American Civil War, Colquitt County saw its fair share of conflict. Many local men joined the Confederate Army and fought in several major battles, including the Battle of Chickamauga and the Battle of Atlanta. The war brought significant hardships to the area, including economic downturn and loss of life.

Following the war, Colquitt County underwent a period of agricultural growth. Cotton became the dominant crop, and the county became known for its large plantations and prosperous farming industry. The arrival of the railroad in the late 19th century further fueled the region's economic development, enabling the transportation of goods and increasing trade.

In the 20th century, Colquitt County experienced various changes and advancements. The construction of highways and improved infrastructure opened up the county to new opportunities. Education also played a significant role, with the establishment of several schools and the founding of what is now known as Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College. Today, Colquitt County continues to thrive, with a diverse economy that includes agriculture, manufacturing, and services.

This timeline provides a condensed summary of the historical journey of Colquitt County, Georgia.

  • 1825 - Colquitt County established as a land lot county in Georgia.
  • 1830 - First settlers arrive in the area.
  • 1834 - Patten Hotel, the first hotel in Moultrie, is built.
  • 1879 - The county seat is moved from Berlin to Moultrie.
  • 1915 - The first hospital, Moultrie Hospital, is established.
  • 1941 - The first airfield, Spence Field, is opened near Moultrie.
  • 1968 - The first black woman, Lottie Jenkins, is elected to the Moultrie City Council.
  • 1983 - Colquitt County wins its first football state championship in the Georgia Dome.
  • 1997 - Colquitt County High School wins its second football state championship.