Allen Balogh - Author - Historian
|Vero Beach Pirate Festival||
Allen Balogh is a retired educator who taught World and U.S. History for over twenty years. In 1985, he began exploring the locations of the southernmost ship of the 1715 Armada Fleet off the coast of Stuart/Hutchinson Island, Florida. He is a lecturer and historian on the Golden Age of Piracy.
For pleasure, Allen plays 1st violin in a symphony-orchestra in Boca Raton, Florida and enjoys lobstering with his buddies in the Florida Keys.
He is a member of the Florida Historic Society, the National Historic Preservation Society, and the 1715 Fleet Society.
Black Sails 1715 is the first of his Black and Gold series.
He is currently writing the second in the series, Black Sails 1715, The Goat with the Glass Eye.
Allen resides in Palm Beach County, Florida
Black Sails 1715 is a 77,000+ word historical novel inspired by the fate of the 1715 Spanish Fleet. Eleven galleons succumbed to a hurricane off the coast of Florida, sinking to the ocean floor—along with a cargo of $14 million in treasure.
Though more than 1,000 sailors perished that day, those who roamed the high seas cared for only one thing: the recovery of the treasure. The promise of unimaginable wealth inspired the inevitable double-crossing among the warring nations, politicians, and pirates. The tale of the hunt for this legendary treasure is one of life and death, alliances formed and betrayed, and a love left behind at each turn.
As I researched the 1715 Fleet, I became enamored with those who lived during the Golden Age of Piracy: Benjamin Hornigold and his prodigy Blackbeard, along with Black Sam Bellamy and his associate Paulsgrave Williams. Other rogues of the day, such as Henry Jennings and the insane Charles Vane, add mayhem to the chaos. Their nemesis, Governor Woodes Rogers of Nassau, wanted all of them at the gallows. All of these historical characters are prominently featured in the book.
My novel is unique. It’s the only account that combines historical records, inclusive of the 1715 Fleet, with the pirates of that era. Traditional history books have disregarded this epic tale. Little by little, the story has resurfaced, just like its treasure of gold.
The Festival will provide a platform to help several charitable organizations who support the local community.
The Vero Beach Pirate Festival is produced and hosted by
POTTC Events and the Vero Beach Chamber of Commerce
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Under the Oaks at Riverside Park 3258 Riverside Park Drive, Vero Beach, FL 32963
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Weapons must remain unloaded and securely peace tied at all times so they cannot be removed by patrons. Edged weapons must remain properly sheathed and securely peace tied.
No Weapon, including props, shall be pointed at patrons or used in a threatening manner at any time.
Failure to comply may result in your removal from the event and or being cited for creating a public safety hazard.