August 7, 2018 @ 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm
Waterfront Brewery
201 William St
Key West, FL 33040
$8 - $10
Cori Convertito
305 295 6616 Ext 112
Happy Hour with the Historian | Porter and the Pirates @ Waterfront Brewery | Key West | Florida | United States

The Key West Art & Historical Society is excited to partner with Waterfront Brewery for a series of fun historical lectures entitled ‘Happy Hour with the Historian’.  Attendees will receive two 4oz. beer samples, and will be treated to a short presentation on the craft beers by a member of the brewery team.

Historian: Cori Convertito Ph.D.

Topic: Porter and the Pirates

A key member of the fledgling United States Navy, Commodore David Porter gained notoriety during the Quasi-War with France, and experienced success during the War of 1812 With Spain and her Latin American colonies at war during the late 1810s, Caribbean piracy flared up, setting sights on American shipping. The Navy ordered a fleet to the West Indies to stamp out rampant piracy and to protect the merchant shipping network in the area. Porter’s proficient leadership skills and earlier successes prompted the Navy to order him in command of its anti-piracy squadron based in Key West. Under his governance, particularly his insistence on fleet size, tactical skills and navigation know-how, the Navy triumphed, purging the region of pirates.