This Day in History

July 27, 1816: Attack on Apalachicola River

Time Periods: Early 19th Century: 1800 - 1849
Themes: African American, Native American, Racism & Racial Identity, Wars & Related Anti-War Movements

On July 27, 1816, a fort on the Apalachicola River in Florida was fire bombed by the U.S. Army. The fort had provided home and safety to more than 300 African and Choctaw families. This was a key battle in the Seminole Wars.

Apalachicola River | Zinn Education Project

Painting by Jackson Walker, Museum of Florida Art

Read more about this event at the websites for the National Park Service and A People’s History of Florida.

Students can learn more about this entire period of U.S. history in the book for grades 6+ called Black Indians: A Hidden Heritage.”