By 1759, Saxe Gotha population figures reached eight or nine hundred people. Saxe Gotha settlers included mostly Germans, Irish, and other immigrants from North Carolina, Virginia, and Pennsylvania (Petty 1943, 41). There were also English settlers and African slaves who lived in Saxe Gotha. In these early years, Germanic and British settlers remained separate. Further, Germans were either Lutheran or Reformed, while English were either Baptist or Anglican. As part of the township defense system, however, Saxe Gotha served its purpose. “The chief passage from the hill and mountain country to the coastal plain was now completely blocked by an independent and resourceful population” (Meriwether 1940, 33, 52-65). Click here to take the population trends challenge.
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