|St. Augustinians stay away from rebellion before Declaration is signed|
|News - St Augustine Area & St Johns County|
St. Augustine was no hotbed of rebellion against Great Britain at the time delegates to the Continental Congress approved the Declaration of Independence. In fact, our city and the colony of East Florida would remain loyal to Great Britain and not join the American rebels. In the summer of 1776, St. Augustine had been a British city for only thirteen years. British officials had taken charge of Spainís former colony of Florida in the summer of 1763, when Spain transferred Florida to Great Britain at the end of the French and Indian War.
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