Rebellion December 1835 - January 1836     
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Ruins of Dummett's plantation, Ormond Beach, Florida
Ruins of Thomas Dummett's sugar and rum processing factory in present-day Ormond Beach, Florida. The plantation was destroyed several weeks into the rebellion. The newer bricks are from a recent attempt to shore up the structure. Janson Jones has an interesting blog entry on the ruins. Photo by Janson Jones.
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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.

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Sources: Motte 277-79, Cohen 96, Potter 19, St. Augustine Herald, Jan. 13, 1836, as cited in ASPMA 6: 21-22. ©
Part 2, War: Outline  l  Images
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 Trail Narrative
 + Prologue
 + Background: 1693-1812
 + Early Years: 1812-1832
 - War: 1832-1838
+ Prelude to War
+ Revenge
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Key Actors
Slave Uprising
Army Response
National Mood
Seminole Success
+ Deceit
+ Liberty or Death
 + Exile: 1838-1850
 + Freedom: 1850-1882
 + Legacy & Conclusion