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La FloridaFive Hundred Years of Hispanic Presence$
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Viviana Díaz Balsera and Rachel A. May

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780813060118

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813060118.001.0001

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“Giving Liberty to All”

“Giving Liberty to All”

Spanish Florida as a Black Sanctuary, 1673–1790

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Jane Landers

University Press of Florida

This chapter traces the Spanish social, religious and legal precedents for African history in Florida. It highlights the contributions of little-known Africans such as Juan Garrido, who accompanied Juan Ponce de León in the “discovery” of La Florida, the unnamed laborers who helped build St. Augustine and Santa Elena, as well as later African runaways from Protestant Carolina who sought, and received, religious sanctuary in Catholic Florida. From this policy was born Gracia real de Santa Teresa de Mose, the first free black town in what is today the United States.

Keywords:   Juan Garrido, religious sanctuary, Gracia Real de Santa Teresa de Mose

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