In 1739, about 20 miles south of Charles Towne, nearly 100 black insurrectionists seized firearms and attempted to rally more people to join them in revolt. They planned to fight their way to St. Augustine, Florida where the Spanish promised freedom. They ran into a group of whites led by the colony’s Lieutenant Governor, who alerted authorities. The rebellion was forcefully put down and some 60 rebels were executed; many were decapitated. The public display of their maimed bodies served to warn others of the consequences of running away or resisting enslavement.