Pascagoula in Jackson County, Mississippi — The American South (East South Central)
The Round Island Affair - 1849
Handbills had appeared calling for volunteers who would receive money and land in return for one year of service. Ostensibly this was to free Cuba from Spanish rule, but for many it was an opportunity for booty. This was one of several attempts by organizer Narciso Lopez, a Cuban, to obtain Cuban independence.
In response, 800 men gathered by August 7, 1849 on Round Island under a Col. White of Louisiana to await supplies and orders. President Zachary Taylor, who as Major General had been stationed in Pascagoula the year earlier, could not allow such unauthorized insurgency of another sovereign territory. Federal warships were dispatched to blockade Round Island, an event that made front page on national newspapers. The ships prevented arrival of rations, supplies, and transportation to the men on the island. After 6 weeks of drinking whiskey
Lopez was not so lucky. After three more attempts to invade and free Cuba he was caught by Spanish authorities and publicly garroted in Havana. In history circles these episodes are referred to as the Cuban filibusters; filibuster meaning an unauthorized take over, insurgency.
Erected by the Jackson County Historical and Genealogical Society and City of Pascagoula.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Hispanic Americans • Military • Notable Events • Waterways & Vessels. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #12 Zachary Taylor series list. A significant historical date for this entry is August 7, 1849.
Location. 30° 20.597′ N, 88° 33.218′ W. Marker is in Pascagoula, Mississippi, in Jackson County. Marker is at the intersection of Beach Boulevard and Pascagoula Street, on the right when traveling east on Beach Boulevard. Located along the Pascagoula Promenade. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 500 Pascagoula Street, Pascagoula MS 39567, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Georgia P. Kinne House (within shouting distance of this marker); Cottage by the Sea Tavern (about 400 Randall's Tavern (about 600 feet away); William Faulkner, Pascagoula Novelist (about 800 feet away); Running the Blockade: SS Fanny (Fox) (approx. 0.2 miles away); R.A. Farnsworth Summer Home (approx. 0.2 miles away); Clark House (approx. 0.4 miles away); Capt. John Grant (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Pascagoula.
Also see . . . Journal of Mississippi History, Winter 2000 article on the Affair.(pdf). The Taylor Administration versus Mississippi Sovereignty: The Round Island Expedition of 1849 (Submitted on August 27, 2018, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
Credits. This page was last revised on August 27, 2018. It was originally submitted on August 27, 2018, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 351 times since then and 105 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on August 27, 2018, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.