So that’s exactly what they did. But something else also awaited those who endured the journey.
At first, they were sold by a greedy Spanish governor back to the British, returning to life in captivity – we can never be too trusting. But once the Spanish government removed him, they openly invited others to settle in Florida.
Fort Mose, as it was informally called, drew hundreds of our ancestors to its swamplands – to freedom – and when the war came to its doors, we fought to defend our settlement!
Eventually, Fort Mose was covered by the swamp, but the legacy of the first free Black settlement in this country remains. We must always choose freedom – and fight to defend it!