“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)

General Biassou House

General Biassou House Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, August 1, 2011
1. General Biassou House Marker
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 Haiti in 1796 as an officer of the Spanish military.

Biassou was one of the original leaders of the 1791 slave uprising in Haiti, and for his service to the Spanish against the French he became a Spanish general and came to St. Augustine as the colony's second highest-paid official. In addition to his home here in the center of the city, Biassou had a plantation north of 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, and at the pioneer free Black settlement that formed the northern defense at St. Augustine at Fort Mose. Today Fort Matanzas is part of the National Park Service and Fort Mose is a Florida State Historic State Park.

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.

The building on this site is a reconstruction of General Biassou's home built in 1962 as part of the commemoration of the 400th anniversary of the founding of St. Augustine.

Many delegations, including members of Haiti's international diplomatic corps and members
General Biassou House and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, August 1, 2011
2. General Biassou House and Marker
of the Haitian Historical Society, have all made pilgrimages to St. Augustine to visit sites associated with our first Black general, Jorge Biassou.
Erected by City of St. Augustine.
Location. This marker has been replaced by another marker nearby. 29° 53.84′ N, 81° 18.808′ W. Marker is in St. Augustine, Florida, in Saint Johns County.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. Touch 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 location. The Salcedo House (here, next to 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); Avero House (about 400 feet away); Los Floridanos (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in St. Augustine.
More about this marker. This marker was replaced by a new one named The Salcedo House (see nearby markers).
Also see . . .  General Jorge Biassou. (Submitted on August 31, 2011, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
Categories. African Americans
Credits. This page was last revised on June 12, 2018. This page originally submitted on August 31, 2011, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 522 times since then and 29 times this year. Last updated on December 27, 2013, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on August 31, 2011, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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