From 1775-81, Lord Dunmore's proclamation and the general wartime chaos
led to a great influx of blacks into Florida, which was the only colony that remained under British control throughout the Revolution.
In 1782, the situation changed when the Americans finally won the
war. Most of the black British loyalists left the region, traveling with their new allies to Canada or the West Indies. Yet life in Florida remained inviting for many
black fugitives. Spain was about to regain the
colony (as a reward from the U.S. for neutrality during the
Revolution), and many blacks expected lenient treatment at Spanish hands. As a result, in 1782 hundreds
chose to remain in Florida, awaiting the return of Spanish rule, forming communities in the wilderness, and continuing to develop ties with Seminole Indians.
Wright Creeks 85-87, Mulroy 11, Africans in America 2 "Revolutionary