Wednesday, October 4, 2017 : From Savannah to Saint Augustine


We can't get bored with the historical houses of downtown Savannah. We drive back and take a few more pictures. We then hit the road to Saint Augustine.

 

We cross the stateline into Florida. This is the last State of our trip. We will stay there just shy of 10 days.

 

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Kingsley Plantation

 

Just outside Jacksonville, we visit Kingsley Plantation, a place with a rich history, very cleverly presented.

 

What differentiates Kingsley Plantation of other similar plantations of the same era is that the owner had emancipated one of his slaves and married her. He had also adopted polygamy : he had up to four wives, Anna being the first one, hence the most important in the hierarchy. And last but not least, Kingsley followed the Spanish three-caste system, according to the rule set by the colonizer of the times, with one caste of slaves, one of free colored persons, and one for whites. Slaves were considered as human beings, not only mere material possessions. Of course, this can't neither excuse nor justify the practice of slavery.

 

In 1821, Florida joins the Union. The American system of slavery, in which slaves are considered as mere material possessions, is imposed by force. Kingsley withdraws to Haiti, transferring his plantation to his descendents.

 

The visit of the plantation is centered not only on its history, but also on the individual destinies of owners, emancipated crafstmen and slaves. The documentation work to put together all those individual stories is outstanding.

 

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Castillo de San Marcos, Saint Augustine

 

We then take the road to Saint augustine, our stop for the day, a city largely infmluenced by the Spanish colonization. A fort still exists in downtown Saint Augustine, Castillo de San Marcos.

 

We take a long stroll to see the houses restored as they were during the Spanish colonization. Once more, we enjoy this dive into the complex history of this charming little city.