WRECKER KING OF INDIAN KEY: A LOOK AT JOHN JACOB HOUSMAN

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John Jacob Housman was born in 1799 on Staten Island, New York. The son of an oysterman, he was one of nine children. As a young man,...

SPOILER: FIRING A CANNON AT A WATERSPOUT DOESN’T STOP IT

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Darien, Georgia, is the second oldest planned city in Georgia. Located on the Atlantic coast, Darien is situated at the mouth of the Altamaha River. It is...

HOW A KEY VACA CONSTRUCTION PROJECT LED TO THE TROPICAL HOTEL

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The American period begins with the Adams-Onis Treaty that transferred the Florida Territory from Spanish ownership in 1821. Indian Key is a small 11-acre island in the...

KEYS HISTORY: SURVIVORS OF ATTACK AT INDIAN KEY DETAIL HORRIFYING CARNAGE

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Indian Key was once the most important island in the Florida Keys not named Key West. The 11-acre island is surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean and located...

INDIAN KEY HISTORY STARTS AT SMALL OUTPOST OF PORT MONROE

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Indian Key was once the most important island in the Florida Keys not named Key West. The 11-acre island is surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean and located...

KEYS PIRATES: THE LEGENDARY STORY OF BLACK CAESAR CONTINUED

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Nearly 100 years after the African chieftain who became the original Black Caesar was hanged for piracy, allegedly, he returned. Well, he returned in name. This second...

KEYS PIRATES: BLACK CAESAR, BLACKBEARD, AND THE CREATION OF A LEGEND

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Black Caesar is a famous Florida Keys pirate, right? When this version of his story is told — consider it Black Caesar 1.0  — he is presented...

DIVING INTO POP CULTURE: HISTORY OF DIVING MUSEUM DEBUTS FEATURE EXHIBIT

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By John Christopher Fine History of Diving Museum’s extraordinary collection of antique diving helmets, equipment and ocean discovery exhibits make for an educational and entertaining visit. Added to...

HISTORICAL DIG: RESEARCH ARCHAEOLOGISTS DIG INTO 1800S LIFE IN KEY WEST

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Digging a 2-foot hole in one’s backyard usually wouldn’t warrant a team of student archaeologists from the University of Miami. But then, most backyards don’t date back...

KEYS HISTORY: WAS LEMUEL OTIS MONROE COUNTY’S FIRST SHERIFF?

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Lemuel Otis, Monroe County’s First Sheriff? For every prominent early Key West resident immortalized on buildings and street signs, scores of lesser-known residents go virtually unrecognized. One of...
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