The site of Fort Mosé, officially known as Gracia Real de Santa
Teresa de Mosé, was the first legally sanctioned free Black community
within the present boundaries of the United States. Established in 1738
by Colonial Spanish Florida's Governor Manuel Montiano, Fort Mosé
gave sanctuary to Africans challenging enslavement in the English Colony
of Carolina. Approximately 100 Africans lived at Fort Mosé, forming
more than 20 households. Together they created a frontier community which
drew on a range of African backgrounds blended with Spanish, Native American
and English cultural traditions.
Designated a National Historic Landmark in 1994, Fort Mosé is
a featured site on the Florida Black Heritage Trail. The site is now a
state-owned conservation area.
St. Augustine, FL
Contact the St. Augustine and St. Johns County Visitor Information Center,
located at 10 Castillo Drive. Open daily 8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. (904) 825-1000.
Visitors traveling East-West on I-10 should take I-295 or I-95 south
and take the exit for St. Augustine's Historic Downtown. Those traveling
North-South on I-95, US 1, or A1A should take measures to also make their
way into the downtown of St. Augustine.
CLIMATE, RECOMMENDED CLOTHING
Summers are hot and humid with frequent afternoon thunderstorms. In
winter, freezing temperatures are infrequent with cool, damp, and windy
conditions common. Light, loose fitting clothing is recommended in Spring,
Summer, and Fall; layered clothing is recommended for Winter, with good
walking shoes. Insect repellent is also recommend.
Access by I-95, US 1, A1A, and numerous state routes; nearby Jacksonville
and Daytona are served by international airports.
FACILITIES AND OPPORTUNITIES
St. Augustine has many local restaurants, retail and grocery
stores within walking or short driving distance
ADJACENT VISITOR ACTIVITIES
Castillo de San Marcos; Fort
Fort Mosé Historical Society
P.O. Box 4230
St.Augustine Florida 32085-4230
Also, for more information on St. Augustine contact the St. Augustine
and St. Johns County Visitor Information Center, located at 10 Castillo
Drive. Open daily 8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. (904) 825-1000.
On the World Wide Web, more information on local historic sites and
other attractions can be found at Old