Under the protection of black warriors and British arms, a community began to
flourish. Situated just sixty miles from Georgia, the fort attracted upwards of
1,000 black refugees. Fugitives and maroons took up residence in the surrounding
fields. By 1816, they were cultivating crops and pastures for forty five miles
up and down the river.
"The force of the Negroes was daily increasing, and they felt themselves so strong and secure that they commenced several plantations on the fertile banks of the Apalachicola."
-- Commodore Daniel Patterson
Williams 96-102, ASPFR 4: 561.
Part 1, Early Years: l