Hidden away in the marshes of St. Augustine, Florida is one of the most important sites in American history: the first free community of ex-slaves, founded in 1738 and called Gracia Real de Santa Teresa de Mose or Fort Mose (pronounced Moh-Say).
More than a century before the Emancipation Proclamation, slaves from the British colonies were able to follow the original "Underground Railroad" which headed not to the north, but rather south, to the Spanish colony of Florida. There they were given their freedom, if they declared their allegiance to the King of Spain and joind the Catholic Church.
Fort Mose was the northern defense of St.Augustine, the nation's oldest city.
The events that took place here should cause all American history textbooks to be rewritten.
Living history events take place at Fort Mose
throughout the year...
We have started our fund raising efforts to construct
the 1738 Fort's bastian wall. Our goal is to...
6th Annual Battle of Bloody Mose
June 20 & 21, 2015