The Patriot Constitution of 1812
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.
many other advantages are so notorious, that as soon as the Country becomes a part of the U. States, the continuation will be, who shall first locate the lands in it. Should the United States acquire this Country within by cession or conquest, as its sovereignty would be transferred directly from the Spanish to the U. States Government, it is presumed, individual claims could not be well destroyed, under a cession they probably would expressly be secured, and under a conquest should the Government wish to destroy them, doubts and difficulties might arise, which would at any rate interrupt the settlement of the Country. A Revolution of the Inhabitants of the province, would perhaps be the most effectual mode of destroying these grants. In such an event the people declaring themselves an independent