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Event: Pirates, Privateers, and the Fall of Spain’s Empire: How Spanish American Independence Brought Florida to the
Speaker: David Head
Date: April 20th
Description: 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 Revolution. 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.