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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Tybee Island

Tybee Island was named by the local Euchee Indians and means "salt".  The island was explored by the Spanish in 1520 by Lucas Vasque de Ayllon. Strangely enough, the French dug sassafras roots here in the early 17th century. Sassafras was commonly used as a medicinal tea, however, it is grown throughout the State.  When the French and British settled this area, the Spanish gave up her claim.  During the Revolutionary War it was used by the French Admiral D'Estaing in 1779 for the Siege of Savannah.  Also, during the War of 1812, the Lighthouse was used as a signal tower to warn Savannah of possible attack. During the War Between the States the island was occupied by Confederates during December of 1861 but they withdrew to Fort Pulaski to defend Savannah.

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