Looking for Angola: The Search for an 1800’s Black Settlement

Looking for Angola is a multidisciplinary research project, aimed at discovering the location of “Angola,” a maroon community that thrived on Florida’s southwest coast from 1812-1821. It was comprised of formerly enslaved Africans, free Blacks, Red Stick Creek and Seminole Indians. In 1821, Lower Creek Indians and bounty hunters raided the Angola Settlement. Some survivors of the raid escaped south along the Florida coast to Cape Florida, where they boarded canoes and wreckers, heading for safety and freedom in The Bahamas…

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See the Looking for Angola team in action! Watch tv show interviews and other videos about our mission and events!


Here you can review the historical documents that the LFA scholars.


Enjoy reading about what each team member hopes to contribute to the search for Angola!


View amazing photographs from the field and events!