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.
And will be taken to punish rigorously those who basely dissent. Spies and Emissaries will meet their just punishment.
Done in Council, 30th March 1813
B. Harris President of the Legislative Council
Daniel S. Delany Secretary of State
John H. McIntosh Director Territory East Florida