July 21st is the 188th anniversary of a victory over Cuban pirates at Cape Cruz by two schooners in Commo. David Porterâ€™s squadron and a landing force commanding by Lt. David G. Farragut. Although unfamiliarity with the difficult terrain prevented Farragutâ€™s party from capturing the pirates, they did take and destroy the pirateâ€™s stronghold and their cache of loot.
The destruction of the pirate stronghold at Cape Cruz was one in a series of triumphs by Porterâ€™s squadron against the buccaneers. These operations crippled the pirates, who had menaced shipping and trade in the area for years, but in the end it was Porterâ€™s successor, Capt. Lewis Warrington, who ended the threat by securing cooperation from Spanish governing authorities and with their assistance eradicating the pirates. Thus, success at arms was only secured by diplomatic success.