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Happy Hour with the Historian: Porter & The Pirates

13-June from 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM

Happy Hour with the Historian

Porter & The Pirates

June 13, 2024 | 5:00pm-6:00pm
Historian: Cori Convertito Ph.D.

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.

This event is sponsored in part by the Department of State, Division of Arts and Culture, the Florida Council on Arts and Culture and the State of Florida, with additional support provided by Comedy Key West.


June 13
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
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Key West Art & Historical Society


Comedy Key West
218 Whitehead Street, #5
Key West, FL 33040 United States
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