The Battle of Bloody Mose played a significant role in ending the conflict between the British and Spanish in the St. Augustine area. On June 26, 1740, Captain Antonia Salgado commanded 300 Spanish troops, free black militia and Seminoles in a storming of the British-held Fort Mose. For some time before the clash, Spain offered black slaves, many of whom escaped from Georgia and South Carolina, protection from their British “owners,” provided they convert to Catholicism.
The secret to Salgado’s success was two-fold. First, the element of surprise: his soldiers began the attack two hours before sunup; and second was the shocking and complete savagery of the siege. Attacking soldiers used clubs, swords and hand-to-hand combat to overcome the surprised British. The destruction was complete. The Spanish left Fort Mose a pile of rubble and it wasn’t rebuilt by the Spanish until 1752.
Today, battle re-enactments occur annually. This year’s 6th Annual Commemoration of the Battle of Bloody Mose will occur June 20-21. The goal is to give history fans insight into the battle between Oglethorpe’s British troops and the Spanish militia that included former British slaves.
On Saturday, June 20, there will be a program from 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. At 11 a.m. the re-enactment occurs. Scenes from one of Spain’s oldest plays will be presented at noon. On June 21, visitors can actually meet the re-enactors during the free event.
Located at 15 Fort Mose Trail in St. Augustine, the number to call for information is 904-823-2232. Contact Vacation Rental Pros for information about vacation rentals near the old fort in St. Augustine. You can easily begin planning your trip by using the planning widget at the upper left of our home page. Select St. Augustine Historic in the Location dropdown menu.