Piracy, the Inquisition, and the Spanish Empire Talk

12:00 PM  - 1:00 PM
Wednesday Nov 27, 2013
Boardroom, Weyerhaeuser Hall

by Nicholas Bomba,Assistant Professor of History at Northern Virginia Community College

In 1570, a 21-old Frenchman named Marin Cornu embarked on a ship called "Hope" bound for Panama. The objective: attack the Spanish silver shipments coming from Peru. Unfortunately, the mission was unsuccessful. Cornu and some of his companions were captured and eventually handed over to the Inquisition, where they endured several years of imprisonment and interrogation on suspicion of being Protestants. Using this man's trial as a backdrop, this lecture will explore the interconnected topics of Atlantic piracy and sectarian conflict during the tumultuous 16th century.

Nicholas Bomba graduated from Yale University in 2003 and earned his PhD at Princeton University in 2010. He was a Fulbright Scholar inSpain from 2006 to 2007. He now teaches at Northern Virginia Community College and is finishing a book on the above topic.

Light refreshments will be served thanks to the History Department, the First Year Course program, and International Studies.

This event is for: Students

Sponsored By: History, International Studies

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