The Florida Black Heritage Trail to Teaspoon

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WHERE WAS TEASPOON?

The map (above) is dated 1763, and was discovered in the Library of Congress.  The red-star has been added to show the location of where Teaspoon was.

Pensacole 1700-1732

The Florida Black Heritage Trail to Teaspoon

Here are some significant features noted on this very accurate map:

Ţ Legend has located Teaspoon near the junction of the “El Shambia River” and the “Conecuh” river.

Ţ There is a “land-mark” on the map where Teaspoon was reported to have been that is unidentified in the legend or in annotation.

Ţ There is a symbol on the map and a notation indicating the location of a Spanish Fort, corn-crop plantation, and trading post barely two Spanish leagues south of Teaspoon on the big river.

Ţ There is a “Trading Path” out of Pensacola that follows the border between the Upper and Lower Creek Amerindian nations.  That path eventually become the Leslie-Panton Trading Path, and it is shown going directly to Teaspoon.

 

Teaspoon was a sparsely populated African settlement whose purpose was to consolidate shipments of pine marine stores (sap, rosin, pitch & tarr, spars & masts), food stuffs, and hides down to Pensacola via river raft or Spanish boat.  In other words, Teaspoon was what the French (from Mobile and New Orleans) would have called a “Rendezvous” or meeting place for trade, commerce, and socializing.