AUGUSTINE, FL – June 15, 2015 – In the early morning hours of June 26,
1740, the village of Gracia Real de Santa Teresa de Mose (mo-SAY), the
first, legally sanctioned free black settlement in the continental U.S.,
became the site of the bloodiest battle in Florida’s part in the War of
Jenkins’ Ear. That day saw Florida’s Spanish soldiers, black militia,
and native Yamassee auxiliaries locked in a “clash of empires” with
invading English and Scottish troops from Georgia, a battle that
culminated in desperate, hand-to-hand fighting as Fort Mose, St.
Augustine’s northern-most defense, burned around them. The decisive
Spanish victory at “Bloody Mose” was one of the factors that ended
British Georgia’s invasion of Spanish Florida.
On Saturday and Sunday, June 20-21, 2015, Florida Living History, Inc. (FLH – http://floridalivinghistory.org/
), along with the Fort Mose Historical Society ( www.fortmose.org/
), and Fort Mose Historic State Park ( www.floridastateparks.org/fortmose/
), will host the sixth, annual Battle of Bloody Mose Commemoration.
Now expanded to a two-day heritage Event, the award-winning,
275th-anniversary Battle of Bloody Mose historical re-enactment will
take place from 10AM to 3PM at Fort Mose Historic State Park – 15 Fort
Mose Trail; St. Augustine, Florida; 32084. White, black, and Native
American re-enactors and volunteers from across Florida and the
Southeast will participate in this heritage Event, presenting
living-history demonstrations and interpretations.
•WHEN: Saturday and Sunday, June 20-21, 2015 / 10AM to 3PM