Brad Bertelli

Brad Bertelli is an author, speaker, Florida Keys historian, and Honorary Conch who has been writing about the local history for two decades. Brad has called the Florida Keys home since 2001. He is the author of eight books, including The Florida Keys Skunk Ape Files, a book of historical fiction that blends two of his favorite subjects, the local history and Florida’s Bigfoot, the Skunk Ape. His latest book, Florida Keys History with Brad Bertelli, Volume 1, shares fascinating glimpses into the rich and sometimes surprising histories of the Florida Keys. To satisfy your daily history fix, join his Facebook group Florida Keys History with Brad Bertelli.

BERTELLI WRITES ABOUT SOME OF THE LESSER KNOWN VICTIMS OF LABOR DAY STORM

On the night of Sept. 2, 1935, the Category 5 Labor Day Hurricane’s eye crossed over Lower Matecumbe and Long Key between 9:20 and...

KEYS SCHOONER TOOK FREED SLAVES TO WEST AFRICA; BUT HUNDREDS DIED BEFORE THE TRIP

President James Monroe, on March 3, 1819, signed “An Act to Protect the Commerce of the United States, and Crimes of Piracy.” The act...

KEYS BLACK HISTORY: THE STORY OF ISRAEL LAFAYETTE JONES

In the years before the Civil War, Arter Jones worked as a North Carolina farm laborer. He married at least twice, and while no...

Key West Doctor brought smallpox vaccines and the postal service to Key West

Dr. Henry Waterhouse and his son left their home in Vermont hoping the warmer climates found in the West Indies would help to fortify...

krome’s impact is beyond rail

William Julius Krome was born on Valentine’s Day, Feb. 14, 1876, in Edwardsville, Illinois. The oldest of seven children, William was the lone son...

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