KEYS HISTORY: PIRATE BATTLE LEADS TO BLOODSHED

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A land-based highway mile, known as a statute mile, measures 5,280 feet. Water-based miles, called nautical miles, are a little bit longer and measure 6,076 feet, making...

KEYS HISTORY: SHIP CAPTAIN CAPTURED BY PIRATE SEEKS HELP FROM ALLIGATOR SCHOONER

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Pirate attacks on American ships sailing in foreign waters were nothing unusual in 1822. The Ann Maria, from New York, was victimized by pirates operating in Cuban...

KEYS HISTORY: SHIP CAPTAIN CAPTURED BY PIRATES SEEKS HELP FROM ALLIGATOR SCHOONER

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Editor's Note: This is the second part in a series on pirate encounters off the Florida Keys. Pirate attacks on American ships sailing in foreign waters were...

KEYS HISTORY: SOUTHERNMOST NAVY SQUADRON HAD PLENTY OF PIRATE RUN-INS

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Editor's Note: This is part one in a series on run-ins with pirates off the Florida Keys. Pirate attacks on American ships sailing in foreign waters were nothing...

FLORIDA KEYS HISTORY: REEF RAVAGED COVETED NAVY SHIPS

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At about 5 a.m. on Nov. 18, 1822, the U.S. schooner Alligator hoisted its sails and began the slow move away from Matanzas, Cuba. It would be...

KEYS HISTORY: SURVEYOR THE FIRST TO PEN BLACK CAESAR’S NAME

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Cartographer Bernard Romans named the water feature flowing between Old Rhodes and Elliott Key Black Caesars Creek. The choice was made after the Spanish territory of La...

FLORIDA KEYS HISTORY: SPONGE OPERATIONS ON SUGARLOAF KEY, PART 2

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Dr. J. Vining Harris of Key West began experimenting with the cultivation of sponges at his Sugarloaf Key property in 1897. Circa 1901, Harris abandoned his sponges...

FLORIDA KEYS HISTORY: SOAKING IN A NEW BUSINESS, PART 1

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The Feb. 23, 1913, edition of the Washington Evening Star reported the cultivation of sponges in the warm, shallow waters of Biscayne Bay, the waters surrounding Sugarloaf...

FLORIDA KEYS HISTORY: FLAMINGO FLOCK DISAPPEARS

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The first use of the word flamingo dates back to the Spanish explorers navigating the waters of the New World in 1565. The name flamingo has a...

FLORIDA KEYS HISTORY: THE CHUNKY MERMAID

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Christopher Columbus sailed the ocean blue in 1492. Even if he was not the first to “discover” the New World, his four trips across the Atlantic did...

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