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Pirates, Privateers, and the Fall of the Spanish Empire: How Spanish American Independence Brought Florida to the United States
March 18 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
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. Registration is not required to attend. The community center is handicapped accessible. Bathrooms are located near the entrance to the right. Parking is limited. Come early and enjoy free coffee and light refreshments.
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.
This Florida Talks program is a partnership between Florida Humanities and the Friends of the Leesburg Public Library. 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, the Florida Council on Arts and Culture, and the National Endowment for the Arts.
March 18 @ 10:00 am -
March 18 @ 11:00 am