FLIGHT TO FREEDOM AT FORT MOSE HISTORIC STATE PARK –Follow the journey of freedom seekers to Spanish St. Augustine from South Carolina– The first documented escaped slaves arrived in Saint Augustine in 1687. From 1687 through the end of the First Spanish Period in 1763, freedom seekers in ever increasing numbers made the dangerous and arduous journey from the rice and indigo plantations in coastal South Carolina to the sanctity of Spanish Florida by the granting of freedom according to Carlos II’s Royal Proclamation of 1693. Flight to Freedom tells the story of their journey. Participants will learn about the Spanish, African, and Native American food traditions and culture from guest speakers and demonstrators. Demonstrations by the Fort Mose militia. Musket and cannon demonstrations. This event is provided by Fort Mose Historic State Park, The Fort Mose Historical Society, Florida Living History and The Florida Humanities Council.
The struggle for freedom began when the first enslaved Africans arrived on our shores. For nearly 256 years thereafter, Africans valiantly escaped enslavement in the British colonies by fleeing to St. Augustine for refuge.
Theirs was a risky and perilous journey through hundreds of miles of dense forests, treacherous swamps and an endless maze of coastal marshes. Most never made it, but a few did. Those who did arrive in St. Augustine were granted freedom by the Spanish government.
Our work has only begun in telling this well-kept secret. Through your generous support to the Experience Fort Mose Project, we will accomplish this goal by raising $480, 000 to rebuild a representation of the 1738 fortification with educational interactive and interpretive displays and living history programs.
The Battle of Bloody Mose is reenacted annually at the Fort Mose Historic State Park.
This event is presented by Florida Living History, Inc. and the Fort Mose Historical Society.
Each year, hundreds of visitors gather to commemorate this historical event.Reenactments of the battle take place at 12:00 noon and at 2:00 p.m. Additional activities, occurring throughout the day, include musket demonstrations and colonial Florida crafts such as blacksmithing, 18th-century food preparation, finger weaving and pine needle basket weaving. A variety of free children’s activities are offered, in addition to food and craft vendors.
Visitors will step back in time and experience what it was like on the fateful day before the battle. Scenes include Yamassee natives preparing for battle, British soldiers planning a surprise attack of the Castillo de San Marcos, and British General Oglethorpe and his forces encamped at Fort Mose. Before and after the battle, visitors can interact with reenactors in period dress.