The Gulf of Mexico: A Maritime History

Dec 10, 2019

Join GulfQuest on Sunday, December 15th from 3-5 pm for an afternoon of discussion about the rich historical tapestry of the Gulf region. Local author John Sledge will give a presentation about his latest book, The Gulf of Mexico: A Maritime History. After his talk, he will be available for questions and book signings. Guests can purchase his book in our museum gift shoppe, Treasures. Refreshments & snacks will be provided to attendees. This event is FREE.


The Gulf of Mexico: A Maritime History presents a compelling, salt-streaked narrative of the earth’s tenth largest body of water. In this beautifully written and illustrated volume, John S. Sledge explores the people, ships, and cities that have made the Gulf’s human history and culture so rich. The Gulf of Mexico: A Maritime History is a work of verve and sweep that illuminates both the risks of life on the water and the riches that come from its bounty.

John S. Sledge is senior architectural historian for the Mobile Historic Development Commission and a member of the National Book Critics Circle. He holds a bachelor’s degree in history and Spanish from Auburn University and a master’s in historic preservation from Middle Tennessee State University. Sledge is the author of six previous books, including Southern Bound: A Gulf Coast Journalist on Books, Writers, and Literary Pilgrimages of the Heart; The Mobile River; and These Rugged Days: Alabama in the Civil War.


“John Sledge is a historian of the first order, and he is also an exceptional writer. This is history at its best—engaging, focused on the people, and well-researched. The history of the Gulf is an international, multi-generational tale, and Sledge navigates it like a skilled mariner.”—James Delgado, maritime archaeologist, historian, explorer, and author

“Evident in each judiciously crafted sentence of this elegant book, John S. Sledge’s love of the Gulf of Mexico is appropriately infectious. He rightfully celebrates and affirms the southern sea’s enriching past and gives readers reason to want for its wholesome and meaningful future. Like the sea itself, this book is a gift.”—Jack E. Davis, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Gulf: The Making of an American Sea

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