Spanish Colonial Educational Program

1565-1763

The Spanish settled St. Augustine on September 8, 1565. It was a military outpost that included three standing fortifications by the 1740ís. They were the Castillo de San Marcos on the east, Fort Matanzas to the south, and Fort Mose to the north. Word of freedom spread to the African-American slaves in the English colony of Carolina. The Spanish had decreed that freedom would be granted to any slave that reached the Spanish colony if they would convert to the Catholic religion. In 1738, Governor Manuel de Montiano established the new town Gracia Real de Santa Teresa de Mose, also known as Fort Mose, the first free black settlement in the Americas. These new soldiers posed a fierce line of defense as they would fight to the death to protect their freedom.  Students sample a soldiers life in Spanish Florida, and learn how hard it was to start a new colony.

Colonial pump drills were used to make holes for wooden pegs in building homes

On Site Activities

 Candle dipping

 Rope making

 Colonial games

 Corn grinding

 Woodworking

 Smashing shells for tabby

 Weaving

 Fence Building

"It was really cool to touch everything."  

- Sarah, student from Orlando, FL

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 Spanish / Colonial