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Douglas C. Lyons

Douglas C. Lyons is a contributing writer with a deep interest in the influence of African-Americans on Florida's development and history. An explorer, a veteran journalist and editorial writer, Doug has lived in Florida for nearly 25 years.

Historic re-enactment celebrates North America’s first free black settlement

The village near St. Augustine was created in 1738 — 37 years before the first shots were fired in the Revolutionary War. Fort Mose (pronounced “Moh-say”) would become an asylum for runaway slaves from the Carolinas and Georgia who sought refuge from slavery in the British colonies.

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