In March 1812, a group of Georgia settlers known as the Patriot Army invaded Spanish East Florida with de facto support from the United States Government. They had hoped to convince the Spanish colonists to join them and declare Florida’s independence from Spain. The attempt ultimately failed, but during the Patriot Army’s temporary control of Fernandina, the group’s leaders drew up this constitution and formed a government for what they called the Republic of East Florida.
Resolved unanimously, that the Legislative Council ruin with disdain and adherence the proffer of pardon by the corrupt Government of St. Augustine that they will and do pledge their reputation and property, to support the glorious cause in which they are engaged, and persist until they secure the safety, independence and liberty of themselves and Constituents.
Patriots of East Florida!
At last the corrupt government of St. Augustine has come forward with a proclamation offering amnesty to the insurgents who have cooperated in the invasion (falsely called) of East Florida. Weak must be the mind.