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Sebastian Inlet and Fellsmere Blue Cypress Lake Stick Marsh

Sebastian Inlet is located on the central East Coast of Florida in Melbourne, Florida. Sebastian Inlet is one of the most well known and beautiful Inlets on the East Coast of Florida. Sebastian Inlet is a well known fishing mecca for anglers for catching, snapper, snook, redfish, bluefish, drum, trout, flounder, grouper, sheephead, whiting, spanish mackerel and various species of shark in the Inlet, Sebastian River area and Indian River. The Inlet has two fishing piers. One on the north side of the Inlet and one on the south side of the Inlet.






Sebastian Inlet State Park is a very popular campground located at Sebastian Inlet and provides camping for Tenters and RVers. Sebastian Inlet State Park has direct access to the ocean and the beach within the park. The campground has fire rings, rest rooms , bath houses, laundry room and dump station. Within the Park there are many areas to fish, including jetties and fishing piers. The Park has a very nice boat ramp with quick and easy navigation to the ocean within minutes. Within the park you will also find many picnic tables, grills and a large pavillion with grills.





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If Sebastian Inlet State Park is booked, you can get a campground site at Long Point Park just North of Sebastian Inlet State Park. Long Point is a full facility campground for Tenters and Rvers with rest rooms, bath houses and a dump station. The park also has a playground, pavillions, picnic tables, grills, fire rings, swimming pond, nature trails, horseshoes and volleyball, primitive camping, fishing and a boat ramp.

There is plenty of waterways to explore in the Indian River and Sebastian River with channel markers to guide you.




If you enjoy beaching, fishing Inlets , flats, jetties and piers; as well as, boating and beaching islands, this is the place to be. If you enjoy viewing sunrise and sunsets over the ocean and waterways, this is the place to see. Strolling along the Inlet at Sebastian Inlet State Park in the mornings at sunrise and evenings watching the sunset is something very hard to put in words.




Sebastian Inlet is part of the Treasure Coast were the Spanish treasure fleet laden with gold and silver was wrecked offshore by a hurricane in 1715 while returning to Spain. Treasure hunters continue to search the beaches for gold, jewelry and other lost artifacts. The McLarty Treasure Museum is just a few minutes south of the Sebastian Inlet State Park.




There is a marina just north of the Inlet were you can rent power boats, canoes, kayaks and row boats. As well as Charter fishing for deep sea fishing adventures.



The area has much to offer. The city of Fellsmere is just west of the City of Sebastian and I-95 on 512/Sebastian Blvd/Fellsmere Road and has thousands of acres of unspoiled backwater bass fishing in the Stick Marsh of the Blue Cypress Lake. Along with Airboat Tours.


Fellsmere Stick Marsh, Blue Cypress Lake





Directions to Fellsmere Stick Marsh
Directions: I-95 to 512/Sebastian Blvd/Fellsmere Road, Go West on Fellsmere Road to Broadway, Right on Broadway to End of road, Left onto County Road 507, road curves to right, drive down about 1 mile and make left onto dirt road 54 Canal Road just before bridge. Approx 15- 20 minutes drive out to Stick Marsh at very end of dirt road.


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The City of Sebastian hosts one of the most spectacular skydiving views in the world.




Sebastian City backwaters



Directions to Sebastian Inlet
Directions: I-95 to CR 512/Sebastian Blvd, go East to Federal Highway, Make left on Fed Hwy to 510, make left on 510 and go over bridge to A1A. Make left on A1A to Sebastian Inlet. Make left before or after bridge to access north side or south side of Inlet.

St. Augustine Inlet

The historic St. Augustine is located on the East Coast of Florida south of Jacksonville and north of Daytona in St. Johns County. St. Augustine has enormous history for Florida and the United States.









Founded in 1565 by the Spanish, St. Augustine is a city of carefully preserved historic sites, attractions, and neighborhoods. St. Augustine's rich history and cultural diversity have helped shaped a dynamic city and draws more than 2 million visitors yearly. The city has more than 50 attractions, historic sites and is a great place to visit.



If you enjoy camping by Tent or RV, you can obtain a camp site at Anastasia State Park. Anastasia State Park is a Florida State Park in St. Augustine. Anastasia State Park is located directly just east of the Atlantic Ocean with direct access to St. Augustine Beach within the Park. Anastasia State Park full facility campground has restrooms, showers, laundry room, dump station, nature trail, fishing, fish cleaning area and group picnic area. Windsurf, kayak and canoe rentals.

Anastasia State Park

Anastasia State Park

Anastasia State Park

Anastasia State Park


Anastasia State Park boardwalk to Beach


Anastasia State Park Beach



Anastasia State Park Beach

Anastasia State Park Campground


Bryn Mawr Ocean Resort is another campground for RVers. The RV Resort is directly on the ocean in St. Augustine with oceanfront camp sites.


The St. Augustine Inlet is a short distance from the boat ramp.


Inlet straight across only minutes from this Boat Ramp




Strolling through the back roads of downtown by trolley or horse-drawn carriage you can view the many homes that are registered on the National Register of Historic Places.



There is much to do and see including sightseeing tours, trolley, horse-drawn carriage, walking tours and cruise boats. History comes to life here, where on any given day, you will find guides dressed in old-world costumes, cruising you through the sites of the town.






Fort Mose, an African American Community of Freedom in what is now the United Sates, symbolizes determination, bravery and hope. Enslaved Africans seeking freedom and a better life undertook a dangerous journey to Spanish Florida, with the help of regional Yemassee Native Americans. This was the first "underground railroad!"




Established in 1738 by Colonial Spanish Florida's Governor Manuel Montiano, Fort Mose gave sanctuary to Africans challenging enslavement in the English Colony of Carolina. Approximately 100 Africans lived at Fort Mose, forming more than 20 households.

Together they created a frontier community which drew on a range of African backgrounds blended with Spanish, Native American and English cultural traditions.

A Maroon Fort Mose, a maroon community, was legally sanctioned by the Spanish Government making it the first free African settlement to legally exist in the United States.









Usually when we consider post contact discovery and development of North America we think about the English settling at Jamestown in 1607 or perhaps Plymouth in 1620; but it was the Spaniards who established the Oldest European City of the United States, St. Augustine in 1565.

In contemplating experience of Africans within the post Columbian context we again think about Jamestown, Virginia and Charles Town, Carolina. However, the first Africans to accompany Europeans in coming to the New World arrived not as slaves in Jamestown in 1619. Aboard ships with Spanish Conquistadors and Adelantados, Africans arrived as artisans, seamen, navigators and adventurers, forever establishing their presence in North America.

In early 1500's Juan Garrido took part in the expeditions of Ponce de Leon in Puerto Rico and Florida as well as with Hernando Cortez in Mexico. Esteban joined Panfilo de Narvaez traveling through the Gulf Coast and the Southwest.

St. Augustine, Florida founded in 1565 by Don Pedro Menendez de Aviles, is the Oldest European City in what became the United States. Africans helped in forming and maintaining the settlement as both slaves and free people.

Skills and knowledge gained from Africa including blacksmithing, carpentry, cattleranching, and military techniques enabled African people to make important contributions to the St Augustine community. They formed 12% of the population, 1 of every 5 was a free person.






English Planters established Charles Town in 1670 along the southeastern coast of the North American Continent. This intensified regional intercolonial rivalry involving Spaniards, Native Americans, French Huguenots, and Africans. In Charles Town enslaved Africans soon outnumbered whites and many resisted bondage by running away.

1672 brought a Spanish response to the increasing regional tensions. Queen Regent Mariana of Spain and the Florida's Governor Cendoya commissioned the construction of a coquina fortress, the Castillo de San Marcos, a defensive move to fortify the settlement of St. Augustine. Spaniards worked with Native Americans and Africans building the structure.



Chronology of Fort Mose Events

1565 Pedro Menendez de Aviles founds St. Augustine. Free and enslaved Africans are part of his colonial expedition and become a constant component of St. Augustine society.

1606 First recorded birth of an African American child in the St. Augustine Catholic parish records.

1670 English colonists settle Carolina, bringing African slaves with them. Throughout the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries English colonists import Africans and also capture Native Americans, impressing them into slavery. Many Native Americans are shipped as slaves to the Caribbean.

1683 First African American militia formed to help defend Florida against English encroachment.

1686 A Spanish raiding party form Florida, including 53 Native Americans and African Americans, attack the Carolina colony, carrying away booty, money and slaves.

1687 First recorded escaped slave enter St. Augustine, eight men, two women and a three year old nursing child. Florida governor refuses to return them to Carolina and puts the men to work on the Castillo de San Marcos for wages. Runaway African Americans accept the Catholic faith.

1693 King Charles II of Spain approves official sanctuary for runaway foreign slaves.

1702 Col. James Moore of Carolina attacks and burns St. Augustine. Residents including African Americans, take refuge in the fort and Moore fails to capture the town. Many Native Americans from outlying missions and villages are taken into slavery by the English.

1708 Africans now outnumber Europeans in the Carolina colony. African slave revolts occur in 1711 and 1714. Many slaves join the Yamasee (a Carolina Native American tribe) in their war against the English in 1715.

1726 African American slave militia formed in Florida. This group participates in the defense of St. Augustine in 1728 and in attacks on the Carolina province.

1733 Royal edict reiterates freedom for African Americans who reach Florida from Carolina, but requires conversion to Catholicism and four years of service to the Spanish crown.

1739 Gracia Real de Santa Teresa de Mose (Fort Mose) is established for African American freedmen. The settlement includes a four-sided fort, houses and fields. Fort Mose militia forms and Fort Mose becomes the northern defense post for St. Augustine.

1740 General James Oglethorpe of Georgia attacks St. Augustine and Fort Mose is abandoned. Mose militia men fight bravely in defense of St. Augustine and recapture their town. This battle is a key turning point and Oglethorpe retreats.

1740-1752 Mose residents live in St. Augustine, their numbers increase by further runaways. Mose militia continues to distinguish itself in skirmishes with British colonists.

1752 Fort Mose resettled.

In 1759 it contained twenty-two households of sixty-seven people.

1763 The site is abandoned when the British take possession of Florida. The residents of Mose evacuate to Cuba and form a new town, Ceiba Mocha, Matanzas province.

1980s and 1990s The location of Fort Mose reestablished through archeological (Dr. Kathleen Deagan) and documentary (Dr. Jane Landers) research.

1989 The site of Fort Mose (23 acres) is purchased by the State of Florida.

1994 Fort Mose is given national Landmark status, the highest designation of national site significance, by the U. S. Department of the Interior.

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