RASCALS' HEAVEN by F. Van Wyck Mason


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From an established author comes this story of the settlement of Georgia, with James Oglethorpe at the helm, as he sailed to Charleston, South Carolina, then built Savannah, Georgia in 1732-33, peopling it with the colonists he had released from debtors' prison. The land to be inhabited belonged to Indians; it lay between the present English colonies and the Spanish settlements of Florida. Hence, diplomacy and war were in order. Mason tells his story through several pairs of eyes. There was Sacwari-cra, the white man who had grown up as an Indian and who now led his own tribe, whose friendship with the Yamacraws and eventual return to his own people were influential in upholding the tenuous life of the infant colony. There was Wallace Challenger, Captain of the South Carolina Rangers, who found a cause for personal enmity with Sacwari-cra in their mutual love for Winsome Brooks. She became Challenger's wife only to run away with a trader to Sacwari-cra's citadel when her child was killed in an attack on the settlement, which her husband was not present to defend. The unsuccessful march on St. Augustine and Oglethorpe's decision not to attack the fort -- attributed here to his determination not to give up the needed lives of his colonists and leave the colonies defenseless -- comes at the close of the book. Sacwari-cra, his band dispersed, decides to join the whites with his wife; Challenger, reunited with his Winsome, will go to Frederica, where the destiny of Georgia awaits further battles, won by Oglethorpe. A sound show of history at a popular pace.

Pub Date: May 13th, 1964
Publisher: Doubleday