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Florida Lecture Series

February 7, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm


DAVID HEAD Author and Lecturer, University of Central Florida

“Privateers of the Americas”

In the early 1800s, seafarers living in the United States secured commissions from Spanish-American nations, attacked Spanish vessels, and returned to sell their captured cargoes from bases in Baltimore, New Orleans, Galveston, and on Amelia Island. Privateers sold millions of dollars of goods to untold numbers of ordinary Americans. Their collective enterprise involved more than a hundred vessels and thousands of people-not only ships’ crews but investors, merchants, suppliers, and others. They angered foreign diplomats, worried American officials, and muddied U.S. foreign relations. Dr. David Head explores how Spanish-American privateering worked and who engaged in it, how the U.S. government responded, and how privateers and their supporters evaded or exploited laws and international relations. Dr. David Head teaches history at the University of Central Florida in Orlando. He is the author of the award winning book Privateers of the Americas: Spanish American Privateering from the United States. He received his Ph.D. in history from the State University of New York at Buffalo.

Location: Hollis Room

All programs are held at 7:00 PM on the Florida Southern College campus in Lakeland and are free and open to the public.

The Florida Lecture Series is a forum that brings speakers to the Florida Southern College campus to explore Florida life and culture from a wide range of disciplines, including history, public affairs, law, sociology, criminology, anthropology, literature, and art. The overall objective of the series is to bring members of the community, the faculty, and the student body together to interact with and learn from leading scholars in their fields.

The Lawton M. Chiles, Jr. Center for Florida History

Founded in 2001, the Lawton M. Chiles, Jr., Center for Florida History strives to enhance the teaching, study, and writing of Florida history. The center seeks to preserve the state’s past through cooperative efforts with historical societies, preservation groups, museums, public programs, media, and interested persons. This unique center, housed in the Sarah D. and L. Kirk McKay, Jr., Archives Center, is a source of continuing information created to increase appreciation for Florida history.

For more information, please contact Dr. James M. Denham at 863.680.3001 or email jdenham@flsouthern.edu


February 7, 2019
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Hollis Room – Buckner Building at Florida Southern College
111 Lake Hollingsworth Dr
Lakeland, FL 33801 United States
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