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Marco Island Historical Society “Florida Talks” — Magdalena Lamarre: Southern Road to Freedom: Florida’s Underground Railroad

Marco Island Historical Museum 180 S Heathwood Dr, Marco Island, FL

The nation’s first Underground Railroad was established in Florida in the late 17th century, servings as a beacon of freedom for runaway slaves from the American south. Existing before the better-known Northern Underground Railroad, enslaved Africans gained their freedom by escaping and earning asylum in Spanish Florida. This presentation focuses on Florida’s early history as […]

Marco Island Historical Society “Florida Talks” — Carrie Sue Ayvar: More than Orange Blossoms: Feisty, Fabulous Women of Florida

Marco Island Historical Museum 180 S Heathwood Dr, Marco Island, FL

Though not always in the history books, the women who helped build, form, shape and develop this state of Florida certainly have inspired hope & possibility! A selection of stories about some of the strong, courageous women whose paths we follow will be shared with time for a Q & A and discussion. An internationally […]

Marco Island Historical Society “Florida Talks” — David Head: Pirates, Privateers and the Fall of Spain’s Empire: How Spanish American Independence Brought Florida to the United States

Marco Island Historical Museum 180 S Heathwood Dr, Marco Island, FL

Over two hundred years ago, in the summer of 1817, a group of pirates and privateers invaded Amelia Island, Florida, a Spanish colony, in hopes of striking a blow for the Spanish American Revolutions. This presentation tells the stories of these revolutionary rogues and their leaders, how they planned to free Florida from Spanish rule, […]