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Evening Lecture:
The Gulf of Mexico

September 30, 2021 @ 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM EDT

The Gulf of Mexico: A Maritime History

Advance registration is required.

John S. Sledge
Author and senior architectural historian for the Mobile Historic Development Commission

Venture with author John S. Sledge as he shares salt-streaked stories of sea-going characters representing a gumbo of ethnicities from the Gulf of Mexico basin. This virtual lecture is part of The Mariners’ month-long celebration of National Hispanic Heritage Month.

John S. Sledge Photo: Taken by Simona Ghersi Newell

About the lecture:

Join author John S. Sledge as he shares the history and heritage of the Gulf of Mexico, the earth’s 10th largest body of water, and one he lovingly calls a “beautiful, pocketed sea.” The Spanish role in discovering, settling, and exploring the Gulf basin will introduce us to some of the world’s most exotic cities and such memorable personalities as Sebastian Ocampo, Ponce de Leon, Hernan Cortez, and Isabel de Bobadilla, the first (and only) female governor of Cuba.

The author of seven books on Gulf coast history and architecture, including The Mobile River, and Southern Bound: A Gulf Coast Journalist on Books, Writers, and Literary Pilgrimages of the Heart, John is a senior architectural historian with the Mobile Historic Development Commission.

The Gulf of Mexico: A Maritime History
Thursday, September 30, 2021 • 7 p.m. (ET)

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September 30, 2021
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM EDT


The Mariners’ Museum
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Newport News, VA 23606 United States
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