Mose pronounced moh say became the first legally sanctioned free black town in the present day united states and it is a critically important site for black american history mose provides important evidence that black american colonial history was much more than slavery and oppression. Established in 1738 fort mose was the first free black settlement in what is now the united states located just north of st augustine florida fort mose played an important role in the development of colonial north america as great britain france spain and other european nations competed for control of the new world and its wealth they all in varying ways came to rely on african labor . The second fort constructed in 1752 and occupied for twelve years was destroyed in 1812 today the site of fort mose is a major point on the florida black heritage trail and has been designated a national historic landmark this book tells the story of fort mose and the people who lived there. This book tells the story of fort mose and the people who lived there it challenges the notion of the american black colonial experience as only that of slavery offering instead a richer and more balanced view of the black experience in the spanish colonies from the arrival of columbus to the american revolution. Deagan et al fort mose colonial americas black fortress of freedom fort mose colonial americas black fortress of freedom fort mose colonial americas black fortress of freedom kathleen deagan darcie macmahon university of florida press florida museum of natural history gainesville 1995 54 pp plates index
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