Florida Living History, Inc.’s (FLH’s) volunteers, in partnership with the National Park Service’s Castillo de San Marcos National Monument, will present Come All Ye Bold Heroes a new Heritage Event recreating a 1779 recruitment drive at Fort St. Mark (now the Castillo de San Marcos National Monument) in the capital of British East Florida. Loyalist troops, garrisoning the fortress, will be seeking soldiers to march against the American revolutionaries. Visitors to the Castillo de San Marcos NM will be invited to “take the King’s Shilling” and enlist. Those who sign on will tour their new barracks, learn about the equipment and food with which King George will supply them, and practice 18th-century close-order drill under with their sergeant’s watchful eye.
At 2PM, Dr. Roger Smith, of Colonial Research Associates, Inc, will present a lecture inside the Castillo – The 14th Colony: The American Revolution’s Best Kept Secret (Why Florida Mattered!). Admission to Dr. Smith’s lecture is covered in the Castillo ticket price. Seating is limited!
At 3PM, this new heritage Event concludes when Sgt. Batten, of the South Carolina Royalists, will issue a passionate appeal to the townspeople of St. Augustine, urging them to enlist and win glory by defending the Crown and Empire!
In 1763, the Seven Years’ War, the first truly world war (the “French and Indian War,” as it is called in America) came to an end. Under the peace terms, Spain ceded its colony of Spanish Florida to Great Britain. For twenty years, from 1763 to 1783, British East Florida was the United Kingdom’s “14th Colony” in America and part of the British Empire. British East Florida consisted of peninsular Florida, with its western boundary at the Apalachicola River and its capital at the old Spanish city of St. Augustine, founded in 1565.
Florida remained a loyalist stronghold throughout the American Revolution. St. Augustine became a British military bastion and Fort St. Mark (now the Castillo de San Marcos National Monument) became the central command-post for English operations against the American rebels in the Southern colonies.
Admission: Adults $10 / Children 15 & younger Free