Arrrggghhh, mateys! On this swashbuckling installment, Tom and Jenny will be exploring the fascinating maritime history of the state they call home, Florida. From the early 1500s to well into the 19th century, numerous pirates prowled the long coastlines of the Sunshine State, preying on treasure-laden Spanish galleons that sailed the Atlantic and the Gulf of Mexico. Cities like St. Augustine on the east coast and Tampa on the west were hotbeds of pirate activity, and to this day, many attractions in the state boast numerous pirate artifacts, and the waters off both coasts are littered with shipwrecks. Famous pirates (or privateers, if you prefer) like Sir Francis Drake, Robert Searle, Henry Jennings, Black Caesar, and the possibly fictitious José Gaspar (after whom Tampa’s annual Gasparilla Festival is named) are among those who plundered the state’s shores, and we’re gonna yo-ho-ho right along with ’em on this seafaring and buccaneering episode 308.

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