History hinges on a hurricane

Sometimes sons listen to their fathers. If Juan Menendez had listened to his father, Florida history might have been written a little differently. As it so happened,...

The Brilliant Life of David Wolkowsky

1919  August 25 David Wolkowsky is born in Key West. 1919  September 2The Florida Keys Hurricane hits, killing 772 people. 1923  The Great Depression hits Key West, and the...

How the Constellation did not arrive at Indian Key

How does the dissemination of misinformation confuse history? Here is one example: a few decades ago a local newspaper reporter was visiting Baltimore, Maryland. While there, he...

Masons’ time capsule retrieved before elementary school demolished

Before the final demolition of Stanley Switlik Elementary takes place, the Marathon Mason Lodge 323 helped excavate a time capsule buried in 1971 in one of the...

Lightships before lighthouses

The Adams-Onis Treaty incorporated the Florida Territory into the growing United States. The rights to the Florida Reef were also part of the treaty when, though signed...

AN AMAZING ‘SLIDE SHOW’

With more storms brewing in the Atlantic, the last thing locals want or need is an exhaustive account of last year’s natural disaster. With that in mind,...

The Coontie

Maranta arundinacea is a West Indian botanical that produces tubular underground growths called rhizomes. When harvested and processed, these rhizomes produce a starchy powder that is sold...

How long is the Overseas Highway?

It seems like a straightforward question: How long is the Overseas Highway? It is not, at least according to countless travel guides and magazine articles, printing numbers...

An early account of Natives in the Keys

Hernando D’Escalante Fontaneda was born in Cartagena, Colombia circa 1535. At 13, passage was booked for him and his brother aboard a ship bound for Spain. The...

Protecting manatees

The order of mammals known as Sirenia was named for the mythical Greek creatures whose songs lured sailors to their demise. What might not be known about...