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Brad Bertelli

Brad Bertelli
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Brad Bertelli is curator of the Keys History & Discovery Center, 82100 Overseas Hwy., Islamorada.
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Pirate Stories!

December 19, in the piratical history books, has been an active one in the shallow waters surrounding the Florida Keys. In 1818, the Emma...
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Accolades for Fern Butters’ Key lime pie, Sombrero (the vanishing) Key...

Accolades for Fern Butters’ Key lime pie  While the lovely Barbara Cockerham is Islamorada’s current Key Lime Pie Lady, she was not the first.  The original...
’35 storm most powerful ever - 1935 Labor Day hurricane

’35 storm most powerful ever

The Category 5 1935 Labor Day Hurricane is still the most powerful storm ever to strike North America. While the killer hurricane accounted for...
Keys History: Attack at Indian Key – From settlement to community – Politics rears its head - A man wearing a suit and tie - Florida Keys

Keys History: Attack at Indian Key – From settlement to community...

Attack at Indian Key – Upper Keys History In the early morning hours of Aug. 7, 1840, some 130 Indians paddled out to Indian Key and...
Pirates? Aye, but… - A group of people sitting at a desk - Florida Keys

Pirates? Aye, but…

 It seems as if pirates and the Florida Keys should go together like rum and lime. And they do, in the sense that stories...
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Railroad workers transported to work site

Marathon History Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines peonage as 1. a) the use of laborers bound in servitude because of debt, and b) a system of convict...
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STAR-SPANGLED BANNERS

The first American flag to flap over the Florida Keys had 13 stripes and 24 stars. This flag flew from 1822 to 1836.  While the...
WIDENING THE BRIDGE  – Keys History - A vintage photo of a boat next to a body of water - Overseas Highway

WIDENING THE BRIDGE – Keys History

By 1928 it was possible to drive an automobile from Miami to Key West. Well, not all the way to Key West. The first iteration...
EGAN’S INDIAN KEY, POST OFFICES ARRIVE & FDR GOES FISHING - Florida Keys

EGAN’S INDIAN KEY, POST OFFICES ARRIVE & FDR GOES FISHING

EGAN’S INDIAN KEY On Feb. 18, 1829 James Egan placed the following advertisement in the Key West Register and Commercial Advertizer. “For Sale a Valuable...
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KEYS HISTORY 19-0207

GOING TROPICAL Upper Keys History Ann Housman was born in Staten Island, N.Y. on May 1, 1797. She would marry Thomas Gibson on Feb. 4, 1818...