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Excavations Begin at the Possible Site of Angola.
Looking For Angola

Along the Manatee River on the west coast of Florida, archaeologists are searching for the remains of a maroon community of former enslaved Africans and Seminole Indians. Together they fought two wars against the United States in the early 1800s before their settlement was destroyed. Some survivors escaped to The Bahamas, where their descendants still live today.

Their settlement of about 750 people thrived from 1812 until 1821 when a Lower Creek Indian war party, possibly at the behest of General Andrew Jackson, looted and burned their homes, scattering the survivors across the Florida peninsula. Some may have resettled inland, while others made their way to Cape Florida, where they sailed to safety. They left behind a community called Angola.

This exodus from Angola on Florida's Gulf Coast was in the same year that Black Seminoles arrived at Red Bays on Andros Island in The Bahamas.

If archaeologists unearth the lost settlement of Angola near Sarasota they could write a new chapter in the history of America and possibly make a conclusive connection between Angola and the Red Bays settlement where descendants of the early arrivals still live today.

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August 14, 2007

May 3, 2007
Looking for Angola Expands to Underwater Investigation

September 2, 2006
Looking for Angola Expands Into the Classroom

February 27, 2006
Looking for Angola Receives a Save Our History Award from the History Channel

February 14, 2006
Welcome to the Looking for Angola Website!

April 24, 2006
New Records Added to the Africana Heritage Database!

March 4, 2006
New Records, Week Ending 3/5/2006

February 22, 2006
New Records, Week Ending 2/26/2006

January 28, 2006
New Records Have Been Added to the Africana Heritage Database!

January 28, 2006
New Record: Free Persons of Color, Charleston, SC City Directories, 1824-1842

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