AMELIA ISLAND, Green Cross of Florida
Printed Money,
1817 Issue

   

              Home>PM>AML        

            NextCountry>             



General:
Gregorio
MAC GREGOR
29.6.1817 - 9.1817

GREEN CROSS OF FLORIDA - AMELIA ISLAND Script Nnote, 1817 Issue

GREEN CROSS OF FLORIDA
Amelia Island

History: Napoyca 1000,  ESP La Florida 1513; FRA 1564-65; ESP 1565; GBR 1763; ESP 1783;  AML 1817; USA 1819; CSA 1861; USA (Florida) 1868 >
Currency History: ESP currency 1847; AML 1817; USA 1819; CSA 1861; USA 1868 >

 Amelia Island Customs House, Fernandina

Amelia Island P.S656  6.25 Cents 19.8.1817
N.1, P.S655, CA.3   6 1/4 Cents 19.8.1817
SCRIP
Uniface
 Home>PM>AML

   

 Next Country>

 
BACKGROUNDER

Amelia Island, Florida has been known as the "Isle of Eight Flags" since it has been under the domination of the following countries/entities since 1562: France, Spain, Great Britain, Spain (again), the Patriots of Amelia Island, the Green Cross of Florida, Mexico, the Confederate States of America, and the United States.

In colonial history, it became known for an episode called the Amelia Island Affair. Amelia Island was the final location of Santa Catalina de Guale, the main mission of Spanish Florida to the Guale chiefdom.

In 1817, General Gregor MacGregor led a group of 55 men to capture San Fernandina on Amelia Island, Florida from the Spanish. The Spanish were surprised and MacGregor's men overran the island on June 29,1817 when MacGregor raiPOYAIS Bondsed a flag with a green cross on it. It was during this period that MacGregor apparently issued the above Customs House scrip, which contain his signature. The Ferdandina Customs House was the first in the US. This is the only known example of this note and was reported to be valued at $20,000 USD in 1980.

After MacGregor's triumph in capturing Amelia Island he left a few months later in September 1817 to continue fighting the Spanish throughout the Caribbean.

The Scottish government reported that MacGregor traveled to Britain in 1823 in an attempt to promote immigration to Poyais, Central America (an imaginary country created by MacGregor). It was also stated that he sold Poyais bonds, an example shown here.

MacGregor died in Caracas, Venezuela in 1845 after writing his memoirs.


AMELIA ISLAND LINKS
AMELIA ISLAND MUSEUM Amelia Island Museum of History
Exploring Florida Amelia Island, Florida History
Amelia Now Another View of Gregor MacGregor
Gregor MacGregor Gregor MacGregor - Wikipedia