St. Augustine in St. Johns County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
Fort Mose II
Fort Mose Historic State Park
Mose's fort, houses, and surrounding fields were destroyed during the siege of St. Augustine. From 1740-1752, most Mose residents assimilated into urban life in St. Augustine. Some engaged in craftsmanship, artisanry and trade, while others worked as cattlemen and foragers. Others served as sailors and corsairs in raids against English settlements and ships.
The new Spanish Governor, Flugencio Garcia de Solís, was troubled by so many new Africans and Indians in the city. He ordered the reconstruction of Fort Mose in 1752. The reluctant free blacks rebuilt their settlement near the original fort, and once again became Spanish Florida's first line of defense.
Erected by Fort Mose Historic State Park.
Location. 29° 55.738′ N, 81° 19.51′ W. Marker is in St. Augustine, Florida, in St. Johns County. Marker is on Fort Mose Trail 0.2 miles east of North Ponce De Leon Boulevard (U.S. 1), on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker located in Fort Mose Historic State Park, beside the sidewalk leading from the parking lot to the visitor center. Marker
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Bloody Mose (here, next to this marker); El Pueblo de Gracia Real de Santa Teresa de Mose (a few steps from this marker); Evacuation (a few steps from this marker); Fort Mose I (a few steps from this marker); Escape & Flight (within shouting distance of this marker); British Enslavement (within shouting distance of this marker); Middle Passage (within shouting distance of this marker); African Origins (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in St. Augustine.
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Fort Mose Historic State Park
Also see . . .
1. The journey of Africans to St. Augustine: Fort Mose. Rebuilt in 1752, the new Fort housed mostly African-American soldiers and their families until abandoned for the last time when Florida became an English colony in 1763. Fort Mose’s inhabitants were mainly runaway black Gullah slaves from the British colonies of South Carolina and Georgia, who escaped to freedom to Spanish, Florida in small groups at least as early as 1687. (Submitted on December 2, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
2. Fort Mose Site, Florida. (Submitted on December 2, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
3. Fort Mose Historic State Park. Florida Department of Environmental Protection (Submitted on December 3, 2018.)
Categories. • African Americans • Colonial Era • Forts, Castles • Native Americans •
Credits. This page was last revised on January 2, 2019. This page originally submitted on December 1, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 56 times since then and 6 times this year. Photos: 1. submitted on December 1, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on December 2, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.