Telfair County, Georgia

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Telfair County is a county located in the U.S. state of Georgia. As of the 2000 U.S. Census, the population was 11,794. The 2007 Census Estimate shows a population of 13,366.[1] The county seat is McRae.[2]

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History

Archaeologists digging in the midst of a 2,000-acre (8.1 km2) plot near McRae,[3] approximately a mile away from the Ocmulgee River, located a Spanish settlement dating back to the first half of the 16th century. The archaeologists suspected that the artifacts originated from a settlement founded by Lucas Vázquez de Ayllón in 1526.[4] Additional research suggested that the site was one visited by the de Soto Expedition of 1541. They recovered Murano glass beads, pottery fragments, and iron weapons. Some of the beads bear a chevron pattern believed to be hallmarks of the de Soto expedition, due to the limited timespan in which they were produced. Excavations have also produced six metal objects, including three iron tools and a silver pendant.[5]

—- Archaeologist Dennis Blanton 2009

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Telfair County was established on December 10, 1807, and is named for Edward Telfair, sixteenth governor of Georgia and member of the Continental Congress.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 444 square miles (1,150 km²), of which 441 square miles (1,142 km²) is land and 3 square miles (8 km²) (0.67%) is water. The county contains at least 50 artesian wells.

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