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What proved refreshingly different in the case of Georgia was the respect andregard they received from the colony's founder, James Edward Oglethorpe. He, in turn, wasto find immeasurable help and friendship in the Yamacraw chief Tomochichi. From the firstcontact between these two, a friendship and mutual respect occurred which helped pave theway for the success of the new colony.

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It might be argued that Oglethorpe's actions were prompted purely by politicalnecessity. Clearly, he was concerned over protecting the infant colony, establishing tradeand thwarting the Spanish and French. But his writings reflect a genuine respect andadmiration for the Indian and his culture. In stark contrast to overt belligerence ofPanfilo de Narvaez, Oglethorpe felt a kinship with them. Once a group of Chickasawsrelated to Oglethorpe the belief that he had an Indian mother. In reply, Oglethorpedeclared that he was an Indian in his heart. To the cynical, this statement might beconsidered pandering or an empty gesture calculated to curry favor. But while Oglethorpewas an astute diplomat, his writings reflect a profound regard for the Indians. In writingto the Trustees on the potential for Christian conversion of the Indians, he describedthem as being very a very moral people and that the only two great obstacles to beingtruly Christian was the practice of revenge killing and drunkenness the latter having beenlearned from the white man. Oglethorpe found the Indians to be quite eloquent speakers andfound many of their speeches to rank with those highly regarded of Roman and Greekwritings. Far from being the savages noted in the colony's charter, Oglethorpe found theIndians to be generous, good-natured, humane to strangers and patient. They were ascribedwith a natural genius and eloquence in the conduct of their conferences. Thus, thoughOglethorpe conduct was guided in part by practical considerations of security and trade,his genuine admiration for the Indians played an important role as well. Certainly, hisactions were viewed by the Indians as sincere and he developed a favorable reputationamongst the tribes for honesty.

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