Since Georgia’s founding in 1733, Coastal Georgia has played an integral part in Georgia history.  The region was the site of one of America’s first planned cities, Savannah, and it’s extensive marshlands have been the location of various military campaigns, beginning with the wars against the Spanish colonists up to the Civil War.  Wealthy industrial tycoons would vacation here around the turn of the century and it later became a popular vacation spot for people all around the country.  The area is the location for two important military bases:  Fort Stewart and Kings Bay Naval Base.  The ports of Savannah and Brunswick have been important in launching commercial and military vessels throughout its history.  From World War II to the present, Coastal Georgia’s main economic engines have been shrimping, manufacturing, and tourism.