“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
St. Augustine in Saint Johns County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)

The Salcedo House

(Former Home of Jorge Biassou)

The Salcedo House image. Click for full size.
By Tim Fillmon
1. The Salcedo House
Former Home of Jorge Biassou
Inscription. Here on this site, 42 St. George Street, stood the home of the nation's first Black general, Jorge Biassou, who came to St. Augustine from his native St. Domingue (today the nation of Haiti) in 1796 as an officer of the Spanish militia.

General Biassou was one of the original leaders of the 1791 slave uprising in Haiti. For his service to the Spanish against the French he became a Spanish general, and came to St. Augustine with an entourage and staff of 26 fellow revolutionaries, as Florida's second highest-paid official. Although living at his home here in the center of the city, Biassou owned a large tract of land north of the town.

In St. Augustine, Biassou was placed in command of the free Black militia that guarded the southern approach to the city at Fort Matanzas. Today Fort Matanzas is a National Monument and part of the National Park Service.

General Biassou died in 1801 and was buried in Tolomato Cemetery on Cordova Street following his funeral held in St. Augustine's Catholic Cathedral Basilica.

Many delegations, including members of Haiti's international diplomatic corps and members of the Haitian Historical Society, have all made pilgrimages to St. Augustine to visit sites associated with our first Black general, Jorge Biassou.
General Biassou House and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain
2. General Biassou House and Marker
29° 53.84′ N, 81° 18.808′ W. Marker is in St. Augustine, Florida, in Saint Johns County. Marker is on St. George Street, on the right when traveling north. Click for map. St. George Street is closed to vehicle traffic. Marker is at or near this postal address: 42 St. George Street, Saint Augustine FL 32084, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. La Florida's El Camino Real (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Minorcan Heritage (about 300 feet away); Huguenot Cemetery (about 300 feet away); Public Burying Ground (about 400 feet away); Casa Avero (about 400 feet away); Los Floridanos (about 400 feet away); Tolomato Cemetery (about 500 feet away); The 1886 Old Drugstore (about 500 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in St. Augustine.
Also see . . .  Old Marker at this Location. This marker replaced an older one at this location titled “General Biassou House” (Submitted on December 30, 2013.) 
Categories. African AmericansForts, CastlesSettlements & Settlers
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 294 times since then and 17 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on , by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida.   2. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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