KEYS HISTORY: HOW THE ATTACK ON INDIAN KEY BEGAN IN AUGUST 1840

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Editor’s Note: This is the first in a four-part series on Indian Key.  Those first few dark hours of Friday, Aug. 7, 1840, altered the history of the...

KEYS HISTORY: WHAT KEYS WATERING HOLE HAS BEEN AROUND THE LONGEST?

There is a bar on Islamorada’s Windley Key with a sign declaring “the oldest most established liquor license in the Keys.” Without even considering some of the...

KEYS HISTORY: THE MORE YOU LEARN, THE LESS YOU KNOW

I moved to the Florida Keys in 2001, so I could live on an island, sip rum and finish my great Florida novel. It seems like a...

KEYS HISTORY: THOMAS EDISON’S KEYS VISIT ENDS WITH A GIFT

Thomas Edison is best remembered for his ground-breaking work with electricity and the phonograph. He is not so well remembered as an early Florida snowbird, which he...

KEYS HISTORY: HERMIT ARTIST CAPTURES THE KEYS THROUGH WATERCOLOR

This is the second in a two-part series on the Hermit Artist of Key Largo.  It seemed that Harry Sonntag, the Hermit Artist of Key Largo, found his...

KEYS HISTORY: HITCHHIKER BECOMES HERMIT ARTIST OF KEY LARGO

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Editor’s Note: This the first in a two-part series on Harry Sontang, the Hermit Artist of Key Largo.  In 1960, a Kissimmee couple traveled to St. Thomas, Virgin...

KEYS HISTORY: PERKLYAND, DIXIE HIGHWAY & DISPATCH CREEK

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Cruising up the Overseas Highway and out of the Florida Keys, there are two ways to drive over Key Largo. Just after Mile Marker 106, the usual...

KEYS HISTORY: PLANTER COMMUNITY GROWS THANKS TO BAHAMIAN FARMER

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The pineapple was a New World treat allegedly “discovered” during Christopher Columbus’ second voyage to the New World. According to the story, on November 4, 1493, a...

KEYS HISTORY: JOHN GEIGER GOES FROM WRECKER TO WEALTHY MAN

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Key West’s Audubon House was built after 1846’s Havana Hurricane ravaged Cuba, destroyed the Sand Key Lighthouse, and threw the double hurricane punch of high winds and...

KEYS HISTORY: HOMESTEAD CLAIMS REQUIRED CLEARING LAND, BUILDING HOME & PRODUCING CROPS

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Even before Florida became a U.S. territory, Spain’s government tried to give away the largely uninhabited frontier land. In the Spanish territorial years, these efforts were called...