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Pirates and Florida! Revolutionary Rogues
Over two hundred years ago, in the summer of 1817, a group of pirates and privateers invaded Amelia Island, Florida, a Spanish colony, in hopes of striking a blow for the Spanish American Revolutions. This presentation tells the stories of these revolutionary rogues and their leaders, how they planned to free Florida from Spanish rule, and how the United States intervened to stop them.
David Head is an associate lecturer of history at the University of Central Florida. He has published four books, including Privateers of the Americas: Spanish American Privateering from the United States in the Early Republic, The Golden Age of Piracy: The Rise, Fall, and Enduring Popularity of Pirates, and A Crisis of Peace: George Washington, the Newburgh Conspiracy, and the Fate of the American Revolution, which was a finalist for the 2020 George Washington Book Prize. Registration and admission are not required to attend.
This event is part of the The Ghosts of St. Augustine’s Past, a three-day festival celebrating five centuries of historic fashion and folklore, October 28 through 30. This Florida Talks program is a partnership between the Florida Humanities and Art and Life 3D, Inc. Funding for this program was provided by Florida Humanities and sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Arts and Culture, and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture.
Date/time: October 29 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Presented By:David Head, Historian and Author