Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Florida History Abounds @ Battle of Bloody Mose

This June 22nd will be the 4th annual reenactment of the Battle of Bloody Mose (mo-Say). The original battle took place on June 26th 1740 when the British invaded Spanish Florida from Georgia to the north. The village once called Gracia Real de Santa Teresa de Mose, was the first legally sanctioned free-black settlement in the U.S. and it was the site of the bloodiest battle in the War of ‘Jenkins’ Ear’.

Florida’s Spanish soldiers, along with black militia, and native Yamassee Indian auxiliarie forces collided with invading English (and Scottish) troops from the Georgian island of St Simmons. It was a battle that became desperate, hand-to-hand fighting as Fort Mose, St. Augustine’s northern defense, burned around them. The Spanish victory at “Bloody Mose” was one of the factors that ended British Georgia’s invasion of Spanish Florida.

Plan you trip today, Stay at the Inn on Charlotte bed and breakfast in downtown St Augustine, and learn more of Florida’s rich history.

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