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Fort Mose

Saint Augustine, FL
904 823 2232
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Type: Historic Sites
Description: This fort is the first sanctioned settlement of black people in the U.S.
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Curitiba, Brazil
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270 reviews 270 reviews
58 attraction reviews
76 helpful votes 76 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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96 reviews 96 reviews
83 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 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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10 reviews 10 reviews
8 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 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
4 reviews 4 reviews
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
17 reviews 17 reviews
5 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 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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67 reviews 67 reviews
18 attraction reviews
57 helpful votes 57 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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East Palatka, Florida
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69 reviews 69 reviews
13 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2013

If you are into America's history, this is a great place to cache in on. The site of the first legally sanctioned free African settlement in what is now the United States. Bring a picnic basket and enjoy the beautiful area. Be sure to bring your camera and grab some photos.

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Saint Augustine, Florida
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2013

This was mentioned on the Trolley Tours of Saint Augustine. I had to check it out. My Girlfriend and I thoroughly enjoyed it, and the best part is it's free

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Charleston, South Carolina
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83 reviews 83 reviews
52 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2013

When most of us think of American slavery, we likely think only of the version of it that happened just before the American Civil War. In the 1700's, the Spanish had a very different form of slavery than the 1700's-era British did. This led to the Spanish that occupied Florida to free many Africans including any enslaved that made it... More

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Florida, USA
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318 reviews 318 reviews
135 attraction reviews
135 helpful votes 135 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2012

Fort Mose is a small state park tucked behind a residential neighborhood on the outskirts of St Augustine. The park itself is basically a empty lot on the marsh. There is a boardwalk through the marsh, where you can look at out towards the river. There are also a few picnic tables. The visitors center/museum is the main attraction for... More

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