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.
sovereignty would before they offered themselves to the U. States, declare that no grants should be valid, but such as were granted for Head rights to persons residing in the Country. This would the U. States receive a valuable acquisition to their treasury as well as to their jurisdiction, and without any obliquity. But Sir rely upon it unless your Commissioner or Commanding Officer at Point Peter, has instructions to afford the friends of Our Country at least an indirect aid, no change will take place in E. Florida. Issue such instructions and everything will be effected to your wishes. F H E M T I T O C L E I A T M A L N E S T A