The British had initially taken possession of Florida in 1763, a decade before the Revolution. At first, they tried to stop slaves from escaping to the region. When war broke out with the Americans, however, the British changed their policy. After 1775, they agreed to grant freedom, land, and military commissions to all blacks who took up arms against the rebel colonists. America's Founding Fathers may have been fighting for liberty, but their definition was too abstract for thousands of slaves, who chose British freedom over American ideals.
Mahon 5, Wright Creeks 84-89, Honour 42, Boswell 3: