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When Florida Was A Wild Frontier: Pirates, Smugglers, and Slavers in Amelia Island's Chaos Period

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6 Days | 5 Nights
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. Minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
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Behind the pleasant Victorian facade for which it is known, Fernandina Beach conceals a shadowy past. Smugglers, slavers, pirates, prostitutes, and audacious entrepreneurs hoping to get rich off illicit activities were the denizens of Fernandina Beach during its wild frontier days. Plumb the depths of this golden isle’s dark history with a cast of characters more colorful than anything Hollywood could create.


• At Kingsley Plantation, hear about Anna Kingsley, an African slave who became one of the most influential people in the region.
• Discover pirates, smugglers, slavers and the various other ne’er-do-wells of the early New World.
• Learn about Luis Aury, Gregor MacGregor and the other adventurers who vied for control of Fernandina and Florida.

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Walking up to two miles.

Coordinated by the Amelia Island Museum of History.

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5 nights of accommodations
13 meals: 5 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners
13 Expert-led lectures
8 Field trips
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