Loyal to King George III, East Florida soon became involved with her rebellious neighbors to the northward. Wartime was reflected in the shipping at St. Augustine and the privateering in nearby waters. The first hostility of that neighborhood was the seizure of one hundred and eleven barrels and thirty-seven kegs of gunpowder from the English brigantine Betsy in July 1775 by a South Carolina sloop outside the bar. The aggressor escaped to the northward.
Siebert, Wilbur H.
"The Port of St. Augustine During the British Regime, Part II,"
Florida Historical Quarterly: Vol. 25:
1, Article 8.
Available at: https://stars.library.ucf.edu/fhq/vol25/iss1/8