From Florida Living History Inc.
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 Floridaâ€™s part in the War of Jenkinsâ€™ Ear.
That day saw Floridaâ€™s Spanish soldiers, black militia, and native Yamassee auxiliaries locked in a â€œclash of empiresâ€ with invading English and Scottish Highlander troops from Georgia, a battle that culminated in desperate, hand-to-hand fighting as Fort Mose, St. Augustineâ€™s northern-most defense, burned around them.
The decisive Spanish victory at â€œBloody Moseâ€ was one of the factors that ended British Georgiaâ€™s invasion of Spanish Florida.
On Saturday and Sunday, June 21-22, Florida Living History Inc., along with Fort Mose Historic State Park (www.floridastateparks.org/fortmose/)Â and the Fort Mose Historical Society (www.fortmose.org/),Â hosted the fifth annual Battle of Bloody Mose Commemoration.
The U.S. National Park Service and The Organization of American Historians named the Battle of Bloody Mose Commemoration as a Member Program of the National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom. Viva Florida, a division of the Florida Department of State promoting Florida culture and heritage, has named the Battle of Bloody Mose Commemoration as a 2014 Featured Event (www.vivaflorida.org/Events/The-Battle-of-Bloody-Mose-Commemoration).