Savannah River | Georgia’s Physical Features


Hi, my name is Harry Hafer. I’m the park manager here at Elijah Clark
State Park in Lincolnton, Georgia. We’re on the eastern most point of Georgia
here on Clark Hill Lake. If you look across the way, everything over
there is South Carolina, look over here on this side, everything is in Georgia. The Savannah River acts as a natural boundary
between the two states. The Savannah River’s approximately
300 miles long. It runs from the Blue Ridge Mountains to the
Atlantic Ocean. The Native Americans used it for commerce,
trade, and transportation. It was later used by the Europeans. First the Spaniards came through, explored
the area, traded with the Indians, established a few trading posts that were temporary. When the British landed here in 1733 to form
the colony at Savannah, James Oglethorpe worked with the Indians slowly by buying land up
to what’s now present-day Augusta, which was the second major city in Georgia. Colonists continued up this way. Today, the Savannah River is still a major
economic force in Georgia. The Port of Savannah is one of the largest
ports on the east coast. It’s very busy. Trade still goes up and down the river to
Augusta. It serves as a water source. Beyond Augusta, they’ve established a series
of dams that help with navigation, controlling the amount of water flowing down that way,
which also provides flood control and also provides hydroelectric power.

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