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 them. The decisive Spanish victory at “Bloody
Mose” was one of the factors that ended British Georgia’s invasion of Spanish Florida.
On Saturday, June 22, 2013, Florida Living History, Inc. (FLH – http://floridalivinghistory.org/ ), along with Fort
Mose Historic State Park ( www.floridastateparks.org/fortmose/ ) and the Fort Mose Historical Society (
www.fortmose.org/ ), will host the fourth, annual Battle of Bloody Mose Commemoration. The Battle of Bloody
Mose historical re-enactment will take place from 10AM to 3PM at Fort Mose Historic State Park – 15 Fort
Mose Trail; St. Augustine, Florida; 32084.
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-Fort Mose Historic State Park to host Battle of Bloody Mose 273rd Anniversary Commemoration-
ST AUGUSTINE – The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Fort Mose Historic State Park is partnering with Fort Mose Historical Society and Florida Living History, Inc. to host the Battle of Bloody Mose 273rd Anniversary Commemoration on June 22, 2013.
This historical re-enactment will include demonstrations of 18th century colonial and military life, children’s activities and the only side vs. side battle re-enactment in St. Augustine at 11am and 2pm.
This event is free. There is a $2.00 museum entry fee for visitors 6 and over. Limited parking is available at Fort Mose Historic State Park but additional parking is available at Old City Jail along with free shuttle service by Old Town Trolley. Guests who require assistance should contact park staff at (904) 823-2232 before arrival.
Fort Mose Historic State Park is the site of the first free African settlement in what is now the United States. For more information, visit www.floridastateparks.org/fortmose.
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ST. AUGUSTINE, FLORIDA - Limelight Theatre announces the cast for its next main stage production -- Do Black Patent Leather Shoes Really Reflect Up, a musical comedy by John R. Powers. Directed by Del Austin with musical direction by Shelli Long, Do Black Patent Leather Shoes Really Reflect Up will play on the Matuza Main Stage May 31 through June 30, 2013. Preview Night and Terrific Tuesday are now sold out. Opening Night with complimentary Champagne reception is Friday, May 31.
It's Catholic school in the 1950s, and Eddie Ryan is navigating his school years and beyond while dealing with puppy love, patron saints, and sex education. This coming-of-age musical has him questioning his faith while finding himself.
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