Tales of Angola

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TALES OF ANGOLA

Blacks and Indians that fought for their freedom in Florida only to be forgotten are the Tales of Angola. 1812 a free black community and called Angola grew along the Manatee River, the residents of the community were free blacks, runaway slaves and soldiers from the war. As the small community grew hate also grew a led to “the largest slave rebellion in the United States history” 1.

After the Patriot War of 1812 black refugees sought protection along the Manatee River. The Manatee River provided the refuges “fertile farm land, rich hunting grounds and access to the Caribbean and the broader of Atlantic world”2. Following Battle of New Orleans in 1812 the community of Angola grew even larger with black soldiers who set up camp upstream from Angola. As the Angola community grew talk of a free black community reach the United Sates and General Andrew Jackson in 1818. General Jackson who was still upset about the War of 1812 victory wanted to punish “creek foes who had eluded his grasp”3. General Jackson wanted to “rid the southeast of free black warriors who supported Spain and England, as well as to return runaway slaves to the owners”4. In the winter of 1818 General Andrew Jackson invaded Spanish Florida with the hope of destroying the Angola community. General Jackson plans felled in April when black and Indian warriors held Jackson and his troops off long enough to permit their families and themselves time to escape. The war was known as the First Seminole War and stories of the battle were pasted down to Angolans descendants. In the battle Andrew Jackson was injured by the black worries, the injury and the fact that they escape only fueled General Jackson hate even more. The Angola and Seminoles set up a new community along Tampa Bay. Once again the community of Angola was emerged in diplomatic and economic activity.

In 1819 Spain singed the Adams-Onis Treaty transferring East and west Florida to...
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