although the bird is constantly moving forward, it continually looks behind it - to its past.

About Teaspoon

Teaspoon was an Free-African settlement that significantly predated the early Twentieth Century sawmill town of Century in NW Florida. 

Teaspoon was established somewhere between 1698 and 1750 — a rather broad time-window, that we hope research and archeological studies will narrow.  We believe that Teaspoon was populated about the same time as the famous Fort Mose near St. Augustine. 

The Spanish King began Royal Exports of marine pine-stores from Pensacola between 1698 and 1722, and commercial exports of pine maritime products to Spain began in 1743;  ironically,  there simply ware not enough people in Pensacole to have produces all that was exported.

We know that African’s who escaped from the British Colonial plantations began to seek refuge in North Florida under the Spanish proclamation of 1693.   Our theory is that as the British began to raid St. Augustine and the Spanish Missions, the Africans began to move further and further west toward the Western Capital of La Florida — Panzacole or Pensacola.

These Africans knew how to make the very valuable pine-pitch used for the waterproofing of ships hulls and rigging.  However, they needed a unique combination of a river to move their heavy product, and an established Spanish deep-sea-port to trade with.  Pensacola was the only sea-port on the north-gulf coast with that combination that was controlled by the Spanish.  The river was El Scambia (today called Escambia). [E’Scambia]

The location further benefited from being on the only land-trade-path in the area — The Old Wolf Path.  In the late 1700’s that path became the Leslie-Panton Trading Path, and in the 1740’s a highway and a rail road soon followed it too.

As the flag above Pensacola changed, so did the cultural mix of the traders at Teaspoon.

De say freedum iz a step way . . .
 opun oa do' freedom gwine

The Florida Black Heritage Trail to Teaspoon