St. Augustine in St. Johns County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
Walk to Freedom
After nine years of abuse and mistreatment, during which 964 died, 17 Menorcans walked to St. Augustine seeking asylum. British Governor Patrick Tonyn, the Governor of St. Augustine, ordered that they be freed from Turnbull's enterprise. The remaining 600 Menorcans proceeded to walk 70 arduous miles from New Smyrna to St. Augustine, where they were welcomed and offered freedom from injustice.
Today Menorcans still call St. Augustine home.
Erected by Historic Tours of America.
Location. 29° 54.502′ N, 81° 19.152′ W. Marker is in St. Augustine, Florida, in St. Johns County. Marker can be reached from San Marco Avenue (Florida Highway A1A) Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 167 San Marco Avenue, Saint Augustine FL 32084, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The 1870 Hildreth House (here, next to this marker); Arriving in Style (a few steps from this marker); Up in Smoke (within shouting distance of this marker); Viva Cuba! (within shouting distance of this marker); On With The Show (within shouting distance of this marker); Henry Flagler's "Winter Newport" (within shouting distance of this marker); Slaves No More (within shouting distance of this marker); Chain Gangs (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in St. Augustine.
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1. History of Minorcans in St. Augustine. The Minorcans recruited by Andrew Turnbull to work his indigo plantation in New Smyrna had nothing but toil and bitter privation ahead of them in the New World. In the spring of 1777 the Minorcans could bear it no longer, and made their historic long march to St. Augustine. Not all of them were able to leave, however. Many were down with malaria or suffering from other diseases. (Submitted on May 28, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
2. History of St. Augustine, Florida. The settlers rebelled (Submitted on May 28, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on May 29, 2019. This page originally submitted on May 27, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 95 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on May 28, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.