The Creeks were the most organized of the southern Indians and still controlled much of their territory. Because of Florida's strategic location, the U.S., Spain, Britain, and France were all interested in Bowles' actions.
With supplies salvaged from the shipwreck, Bowles paddled up the Apalachicola River to reunite with his Creek family and begin rallying native support. The ship captain and crew camped on the island until rescuers returned them to Jamaica.
Bowles and his Creek, Seminole, black, and white followers captures the Spanish fort at St. Marks in 1800 and held it for over a month. Losing control of its only fortification between St. Augustine and Pensacola was an embarrassment to Spain and a sign of its fragile hold on Florida.
Britain's peace with France and Spain through the Treaty of Amiens, 1802, removed any hope of British support for Bowles' schemes. Bowles lived among the Creeks until his recapture in 1803, and died in a Cuban prison. Although Bowles' dreams were not realized, he plagued the Spanish for almost two decades, preventing them from maintaining complete military control of Florida.
|Placed By||Florida Historical Society|
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|Date Added||Thursday, October 16th, 2014 at 10:29am PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||16R E 713380 N 3285893|
|Decimal Degrees||29.68480000, -84.79481667|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 29° 41.088', W 84° 47.689'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||29° 41' 5.28" N, 84° 47' 41.34" W|
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