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Rebellion June 13, 1728     
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"A Coromantyn Free Negro or Ranger, armed," 1794 engraving by William Blake, after a watercolor by J.G. Stedman, for Stedman's Narrative of a Five Years Expedition Against the Revolted Negroes of Surinam (1796). This hand-tinted version comes from Bakker et al's Geschiedenis Van Suriname.
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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." [More]

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Sources: Hewatt 2: 71, Great Britain Calendar 1728-29: 131, Twyman 56.
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 Trail Narrative
 + Prologue
 - Background: 1693-1812
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Spanish Influence
British Reaction
The Seminoles
Revolution
Section Conclusion
 + Early Years: 1832-1838
 + War: 1832-1838
 + Exile: 1838-1850
 + Freedom: 1850-1882
 + Legacy & Conclusion

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