Florida's relatively weak militia could not hold the St. Johns region.
Within weeks, whites abandoned the entire eastern seaboard south of St.
Augustine. Residents of the Mosquito County plantations crowded into the
city, where they could see smoke drifting from smoldering plantations thirty
miles to the south. On January 13, 1836, the St. Augustine Florida Herald cited a military report from
the plantations noting, "There is also reason to apprehend a union of a more
alarming nature, and one that may render our position deeply interesting to the
southern States generally." This "alarming" union was the alliance of plantation
slaves with the Black Seminole maroons and Indians, who were jointly laying
waste to the St. John's district plantations.
Motte 277-79, Cohen 96, Potter 19, St. Augustine
Herald, Jan. 13, 1836, as cited in ASPMA 6: 21-22.
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