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Fort Mose

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Address: Saint Augustine, FL
Phone Number: 904 823 2232
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Description: This fort is the first sanctioned settlement of black people in the U.S.
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Hidden history

Turns out the first trail to freedom for slaves went south to Spanish Florida. As a non-Floridian, I had no idea about this piece of American history. The video and exhibit at... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed January 25, 2015
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Princeton Junction, New Jersey
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Princeton Junction, New Jersey
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71 reviews 71 reviews
33 attraction reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

Turns out the first trail to freedom for slaves went south to Spanish Florida. As a non-Floridian, I had no idea about this piece of American history. The video and exhibit at the visitors center is geared toward 4th graders studying Florida history (apparently a big source of visitors) but is still worth the $2 admission.

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Tampa, Florida
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22 reviews 22 reviews
7 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

We really enjoyed speaking with the park ranger. This man knows his forts. Our son studied this fort in forth grade, so we were excited to come here. He also spoke on Fort Mose in his Tropicana Speech in 5th grade. We have been to the other forts in the area. This one will be better when it is built... More 

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Asheville, North Carolina
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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

Located 2 mi north of old St Augustine is Fort Mose. It's story compliments the old city fort, and tells how Spanish slaves were different than the English slaves (Carolina slaves), and how they were important to St Augustine. Simple but very well done exhibits, and only $2!

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Georgia
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

Everyone should visit this placed while in St. Augustine! So much rich history!! They have a short video as well has a museum with artifacs and photos. There is a pier that overlooks the site of the original fort.

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Curitiba, Brazil
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309 reviews 309 reviews
59 attraction reviews
86 helpful votes 86 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

The attraction gathers, under the same roof, a cute museum and the Fort Mose grounds. Together, they tell visitors an intriguing, noble chapter of the American history when St Augustine was still ruled by the Spanish Crown. For American, and even foreigners, this a must-see attraction.

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Louisville, Kentucky
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83 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2014

Until coming here, I never knew about the oldest community of free African-Americans in North America, and how the Spanish provided a haven for them in return for their service. What a fascinating and important story!

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Miami Beach, Florida
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12 reviews 12 reviews
8 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2014

We first went during the week on a day it was closed. Came back on a Friday. What a nice park! The museum inside was extremely detailed, highlighting Florida’s unique African and Native American history. We did the Pirate Museum, Fountain of Youth Archaeological park and the Lighthouse. LAMP. LAMP and Ft. Mose were the best. Unreal! Cant be missed!... More 

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Richmond, Virginia
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4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2014

Excellent place to visit especially for history buffs. Enjoyed the self guided tour, and expert staff members.

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Palm Coast, Fl
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18 reviews 18 reviews
5 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2014

Went during an event where they had people dressed in period dress who were very informative and interesting. Learned many things about Florida that was not taught in public schools. The grounds are gorgeous and very tranquil and relaxing. Take a walk along the wood bridges to over see the intercoastal waterway. Although it is off the beaten path and... More 

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Riverview, Florida
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62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2013

We went on a Wednesday as the website stated it was closed on Tuesdays. Well, the visitor center was closed on Wednesday, too. So, we walked around the short boardwalk and read the signs with interesting history. Took about 15 minutes. There is no fort to see ... just marshlands where a fort probably once stood.

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