Our “Zoom In” Series for 2022/2023, “Florida Talks“, continues in January, 2023. There is no charge for these programs but registration is required. You may register for each program by clicking on the link provided in the program description.
Sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Arts & Culture, the Florida Council on Arts & Culture, and the National Endowment for the Arts.
April 17, 2023 at @ 2:00pm – 3:00pm
Topic: ‘Pirates, Privateers and the Fall of Spain’s Empire: How Spanish American Independence Brought Florida to the United States’
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.
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