One of Florida’s most tragic incidents occurred when Governor James Moore of South Carolina and his small army composed of 1,000 Indians and fifty whites moved into the Apalachee area of North Florida and laid waste to what had been the center of the Franciscan missions. Accounts of this raid describe the gallant defense made at Ayubale mission by Father Miranda and his neophytes, the defeat of the relief column from San Luis under command of Captain Ruiz Mexia, the torture of captives, the destruction of the Apalachee villages, and the removal of 3,000 or more Apalachees for resettlement in Georgia or South Carolina or for a life of slavery in New England or the West Indies. After Moore and his raiders had completed their destruction, the region was virtually deserted and contributed little to the welfare of Spanish Florida.
Covington, James W.
"Apalachee Indians, 1704-1763,"
Florida Historical Quarterly: Vol. 50:
4, Article 5.
Available at: https://stars.library.ucf.edu/fhq/vol50/iss4/5