Rebellion 1693     
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King Charles II of Spain
King Charles II of Spain, painted in 1669 by Juan Carreño de Miranda. Web Gallery of Art, original in the Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco.
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In 1693, the King of Spain seized the opportunity. Since the 1680s, runaway slaves from Carolina had been seeking refuge in St. Augustine. In 1693, the King officially welcomed such fugitives, issuing a declaration of freedom to all British slaves who fled to Spanish territory,

"[S]o that by their example and by my liberality others will do the same."

As a result of the edict, a steady stream of fugitives began to make their way south to Florida. British colonists complained bitterly of the exodus. They even accused Spanish ambassadors of posting copies of the King's edict on trees near British plantations to encourage runaways.

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Sources: Landers 25 citing Royal Decree of Charles II, Twyman 40. ©
Background: Outline  l  Images
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 Trail Narrative
 + Prologue
 - Background: 1693-1812
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Spanish Influence
British Reaction
The Seminoles
Section Conclusion
 + Early Years: 1832-1838
 + War: 1832-1838
 + Exile: 1838-1850
 + Freedom: 1850-1882
 + Legacy & Conclusion


Language of the Royal Spanish Edict of 1693