By this point you probably already know about the Gasparilla Parade this weekend and Pirate Fest on Friday afternoon. If all this talk about pirates has you wanting to learn more check out the library’s research guide on Piracy in the Caribbean. It will guide you to the best books and journals to start your research. You can find a whole semester’s worth of lectures on pirates, as well as recommendations for movies and fiction.
Want to know more about José Gaspar? Check out “The Legend of Gasparilla: Myth and History on Florida’s West Coast” by Andre-Marcel d’Ans in Tampa Bay History (V.2, #2, Fall/Winter 1980) available in the Periodical section on the first floor. After doing extensive research d’Ans concludes there is no historical evidence for the existence of José Gaspar. For d’Ans the absence of a real Gaspar makes the growth and persistence of the legend even more intriguing.
And don’t forget to check out “Gasparilla: A Tampa Tradition” at the Henry B. Plant museum from January 13 – February 19, 2012.