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.
Nor could think it an honor to lick the dust from the feet of their oppressors, but who know that man in whatever garment he might be clothed, to whatever power he might be elevated, was like themselves, liable to all the imperfections and weaknesses of common nature, with probably a larger proportion of its vices, would have been the first in the Spanish Territory to have declared themselves free and independent. They saw however their Brethren of the South seize this honor and with the liveliest sympathy, wished them every success.
Aware of the dangers ever attendant in revolutions, it was not until after mature deliberation that