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Argh! Buried Treasure Unveils Florida's Pirate Tales

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This Sunday, HistoryMiami will enlist the help of scholar and pirate lore devotee Nathan Samuels. He'll separate the booty from the bilge water in regard to South Florida's history with pirates. At Buried Treasure, Samuels, a renowned educator, will regale the audience with tales of swashbuckling schemes from Florida's past.

The presentation promises to reveal a great deal about the lost treasures yet to be unearthed. South Florida was a high-traffic area for pirates way back when, and our rich history of bad weather led to more than a few vessels meeting their end in the briny deep. The loot ended up being scattered across the reefs and shores of our state, and joined an already overflowing cache of stashed ill-gotten gains hidden away by the brigands who made it ashore. 

In addition, Samuels will aid in debunking some of the myths surrounding one of the most infamous pirates of all time: Black Caesar. Caesar's piracy prowess has never been called into question, primarily since evidence of his plundering and looting has beachcombers still scouring the sands of South Florida to this day.

His life, however, is more enshrouded in mystery. Accounts of his life vary from the improbable to the absolutely ludicrous; Caesar has been tied historically to the likes of Blackbeard and Jose 'Gasparilla' Gaspar, and he was rumored to be over 100 years old.

Buried Treasure, Sunday, HistoryMiami (101 W. Flagler St., Miami). $7 for students and seniors, $5 for kids, $8 for adults. For more information on how to get your timbers shivering with the tales dead men can't tell, call 305-375-1494 or visit hmsf.org.

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