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Fort Mose: Battle of Bloody Mose Anniversary Commemoration

Battle of Bloody Mose: Anniversary Commemoration is an annual event held at Fort Mose Historic State Park that interprets how early freedom seekers escaped enslavement in the British Colonies through flight to Spanish Florida and the battle between British and Spanish colonial forces that took place on June 26, 1740 to control the territory.

Established in 1738, Fort Mose is the site of Gracia Real de Santa Teresa de Mose, the first legally sanctioned, free African settlement in what is now the U.S. and one of the earliest sites associated with the UGRR. From the 1600s, hundreds of runaway slaves from the plantations of the Carolinas endured the long, arduous journey to La Florida in search of freedom and opportunity for themselves and their families. Many settled at Fort Mose. For the escaped Africans residing at Fort Mose, the June 1740 battle constituted a urgent defense against the loss of their newly found freedom and their return to slavery.

This program uses first person interpretation and living history demonstrations to interpret the story of the residents of this historically significant site and their military defense against re-enslavement.

Visitor Information: Currently open to public.

Location: Fort Mose Historic State Park, 15 Fort Mose Trail, St. Augustine, St Johns, 32084

Contact Information: 904-823-2232 (main phone)

National Park Unit: No

Ownership: Paul Crawford

Location Type: Program

Freedom Seekers: Gracia Real de Santa Teresa de Mose