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Article Title: Milledgeville, July 6. News that the information on the British landing was substantially
true, and that the British are at the mouth of the Apalachiocola, with 300 troops and a stand of 22,000
small arms.
Published in: Baltimore Patriot Evening Advertiser
Place of Publication: Baltimore, MD
Publication Date: 7/20/1814

Though little credit was given to the statement of the Indians respecting the landing of the British in
Florida, it turns out to be substantially true.Capt. Thomas of this place, who has just returned from
New-Orleans thro' the Creek nation informs us, that he understood and has no doubt of the enemy
having landed at the mouth of the Appalatchicolathat they have deposited on Dear Island a number of
small arms, said to be twenty two thousand stand, and several heavy pieces of artillery, with a
quantity of fixed ammunitionthat 300 troops are engaged in building huts and forts, and making other
preparations for the reception of a large armyand that transports had been sent to the island of Cuba
for ten thousands brigands, whose arrival was daily expected. In consequence of this intelligence,
serious apprehensions of an attack were entertained by the inhabitants of Louisiana. The late
London papers hint at such an enterprise, and speak of the propriety of their government sending in
conjunction with Spain a sufficient force to wrest from us that important country.
We learn that M'Queen, the leader of the remaining hostile Indians, has not delivered himself up as
was stated a short time past. Col. Hawkins has directed all the chiefs of the nation to meet him at
Fort Mitchell to-morrow for the purpose of deliberating on the existing state of things. From their
attendance and deportment on that occasion, some idea may be formed of their future intentions. At
present, their conduct has a very suspicious appearance, and fears are entertained of a renewal of
the Indian war. The troops from North and South Carolina having nearly completed their tour of duty,
it would seem necessary that some arrangement should be made at once for supplying their places.
Appalatchicola, where the British have landed, is said to be a safe and commodious harbor. It was a
few years since contemplated by Bowles, the famous Indian chief, to build a town there ; and in order
to carry his commercial views fully into effect, he declared it a free port to all nations with whom he
was not at war. It is very desirable that the enemy should be driven away before they are too firmly
established. If a small force were immediately sent against them, it might disconcert their operations,
and perhaps nip in the bud their projected expedition. To this object, government cannot direct its
attention too early. It is also incumbent on the citizens of this state to prepare for the approaching
crisisthey know not how soon their own coast may be ravaged and their houses laid in ruins Though
hitherto freed from many of the ills of war, we shall probably before the close of the present year have
to drink deeply of its calamities.