When Duluth was established in the early 19th century, it was primarily forested land occupied by tribespeople. Duluth was chartered as a city by an act of the Georgia General Assembly on February 11, 1876. It was named after the city of Duluth, Minnesota and its early history was dominated by the cotton industry and related transportation businesses. Today, you can spend time in Downtown Duluth relaxing on the beautiful green lawns, or snap a picture with the Eastern Continental Divide, which runs straight through the heart of downtown Duluth. On one side of the divide, water drains east to the Atlantic Ocean, and on the other, water drains west to the Gulf of Mexico. Fascinating history!