In the early morning hours of June 26, 1740, the village of Gracia Real de Santa Teresa de Mose (mo-SAY), the first, legally sanctioned free black settlement in the continental U.S., became the site of the bloodiest battle in Florida’s part in the War of Jenkins’ Ear. That day saw Florida’s Spanish soldiers, black militia, and native Yamassee auxiliaries locked in a “clash of empires” with invading English and Scottish troops from Georgia, a battle that culminated in desperate, hand-to-hand fighting as Fort Mose, St. Augustine’s northern-most defense, burned around the adversaries. The decisive Spanish victory at “Bloody Mose” was one of the factors that ended British Georgia’s invasion of Spanish Florida.
Come experience the award-winning commemoration of the 1740 Spanish victory at the “Battle of Bloody Mose” featuring a military encampment and combined muster of Florida Living History, Inc.’s volunteers and the Fort Mose Militia, as well as British and Scottish living-history troops from across the Southeast and local volunteers. The heritage Event culminates in a battle re-enactment between the British and Scottish invaders and the victorious Spanish defenders, along with the free black militia and Native American auxiliaries.
Admission to this heritage event is free. There is a Museum admission fee of $2.00 per Adult, Children age 6 and under are free.