Fort Mose Historic State Park, St. Augustine

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Fort Mose Historic State Park (originally known as Gracia Real de Santa Teresa de Mose) is a U.S. National Historic Landmark (designated as such on October 12, 1994), located two miles north of St. Augustine, Florida, on the edge of a salt marsh on the western side of the waterway separating the mainland from the coastal barrier islands. The original site of the 18th-century fort was uncovered in a 1986 archeological dig. The 24-acre (9.7 ha) site is now protected as a Florida State Park, administered through the Anastasia State Recreation Area. Fort Mose is the "premier site on the Florida Black Heritage Trail".

In 1738, the Spanish governor of Florida, Manuel de Montiano, had Fort Mose (pronounced [ˈmose]) built and established as a free black settlement, the first to be legally sanctioned in what would become the territory of the United States. The fort has also been known as Fort Moosa or Fort Mossa, variants of the Spanish pronunciation.

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  • We happened onto this park and museum when escaping the crowds of St Augustine. This park tells a remarkable and little known story in American history, and was a wonderful find. The introductory...  more »
  • Everyone that visits St. Augustine must stop by Fort Mose. Although no actual fort and the visitor center was closed due Covid-19, we enjoyed our time exploring the grounds and reading the posted...  more »
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  • This was an incredible journey through history! There were different times when the fort was instrumental to the fighting forces and the displays did a wonderful job detailing that information and placing us in the daily lives of a resident. Could you imagine riding to freedom in such a small vessel, knowing that capture would return you to slavery? This story needs to be more known and supported...
  • Awesome place, very interesting facts and history, really great to learn more about the beginnings of Florida, especially the parts that are less talked about. Definitely recommend! Super clean and nice sitting area for a picnic or whatever, nice nature trails as well. Interactive exhibits, a little small but just as filled with information. I loved it, took my whole family here and they loved it too!

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