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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.

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…

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

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...

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

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

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...

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...

LOOKING FOR TREASURE

Upper Keys History Tales of buried treasure have been whispered around the Florida Keys since barstool historians first began sipping rum. Actual instances of treasure...

DRIVING THE KEYS – Upper Keys History

Politician George Allen began advocating for a road to the Keys in 1895. In 1908, residents of Monroe County (and especially Upper Keys farmers)...

POST OFFICES AND TRAGEDY

The first post office in the Florida Keys was established in Key West during the month of February in 1829. The post office was...