By the 1720s, the presence of their former slaves in
Florida -- armed and free, no less -- thoroughly incensed the
British planters. Free Spanish blacks, they insisted, were
inciting their slaves to rebel, raiding their plantations,
even conducting massacres. "Wee formerly complained of
their receiveing and harbouring all our runaway negroes,"
wrote the President of the South Carolina Colonial Assembly in
1728, "but since that they have found out a new way of
sending our own slaves against us, to rob and plunder us."
Hewatt 2: 71, Great Britain Calendar 1728-29: 131, Twyman 56.