Welcome! This is a great time to visit Fort Mose Historic State Park. We offer a soothing getaway from the sun, whether indoors in the air conditioned Visitor Center or outdoors under our gorgeous shade trees. Learn the story of the first legally sanctioned free African settlement inside the visitors center which offers interactive displays that re-tell the story (Closed on Tuesday's and...
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Welcome to Fort Mose Historic State Park, the site of the first legally sanctioned free African settlement in what is now the United States. In 1738, the Spanish governor of Florida chartered the settlement of Gracia Real de Santa Teresa de Mose, or Fort Mose for short, as a settlement for those fleeing slavery from the English colonies in the Carolinas. Over the next 25 years, Fort Mose and Spanish Saint Augustine became a sanctuary for Africans seeking liberation from the tyranny of English slavery amidst a large-scale power struggle between European powers in the New World.
Fort Mose has been recognized for its national significance in commemorating the history of the United States. In 1994, the site was designated as a National Historic Landmark and was listed on the National Register of Historic Places.