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VIRTUAL Distinguished Speaker Series | Piracy and Key West: Commodore David Porter and the Mosquito Squadron by Fred Borch

21-January from 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM

VIRTUAL Distinguished Speaker Series | Piracy and Key West: Commodore David Porter and the Mosquito Squadron by Fred Borch

Thursday, January 21, 2021, from 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm  

Piracy was a major problem in the Caribbean in the early nineteenth century and Congress wanted to protect American merchant shipping. As a result, the Navy ordered Commodore David Porter to establish a base in Key West to end piracy. He arrived in April 1823. Hear historian Fred Borch talk about Porter’s West Indies Squadron warships (also called the “Mosquito Squadron”) and the Navy’s successful battle against pirates in the open waters of the West Indies. 

About the Presenter: 

Fred Borch is the Regimental Historian and Archivist for the Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps. He served 25 years as an Army lawyer before retiring from active duty in 2005. The following year, he returned to the Army as a civilian and today is the only full-time military legal historian in the U.S. government. Fred has history degrees from Davidson College and the University of Virginia, law degrees from the University of North Carolina, University of Brussels (Belgium) and The Judge Advocate General’s School. He also has an M.A. from the Naval War College. 

Photo:

Commodore P. David Porter’s Anti-Pirate Squadron in Key West Harbor 1823. From the Monroe County Library Collection.

Sponsored in part by the Helmerich Trust, Lee Garrison, and the Florida Division of Cultural Affairs

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Date:
January 21
Time:
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
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Key West Art & Historical Society