The Key West Art & Historical Society is excited to partner with Hindu Charters for a series of three historical lectures held on January 27, February 24, and March 31. This unique experience will include a morning sail with mimosas and a presentation from a prominent island historian. Each month we will host a subject matter expert that will discuss an important aspect of Keys history and the development of this thriving Island community that was once the wealthiest city in the state of Florida.
Presenter: Cori Convertito Ph.D. 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.