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[NEWS & Notes] Fla. co. to protect historic black settlement

Fla. co. to protect historic black settlement
03/26/2003 02:14 AM EDT

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. (AP) - County commissioners agreed to buy 16 acres adjacent to Fort Mose, home of the first free black settlement in North America, to stop development of the property.

The Trust for Public Land, a nonprofit land conservation group, initially will buy the two pieces of property on each side of the national historic landmark just north of St. Augustine.

St. Johns County will then borrow $2.65 million, the estimated purchase price, and reimburse the trust.

"This decision just boils down to one sentence: It's just the right thing to do," Commissioner James Bryant said after Tuesday's agreement.

Colonial Spanish Florida's Gov. Manuel Montiano established Fort Mose in 1738 as a sanctuary for Africans challenging enslavement in South Carolina and Georgia. It was abandoned in 1740 and re-established at a nearby site in 1752.

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