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1776: America Gained Independence But Failed to Capture East Florida

On June 28, 1776, American forces repulsed a British attack on Charleston, South Carolina. After the battle, the leaders of South Carolina and Georgia urged the American forces, led by Maj. Gen. Charles Lee, attack Saint Augustine and take East Florida from the British. Leaving Brig. John Armstrong in charge of Charleston, Lee turned his eyes to launching an invasion of East Florida.