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Indian Key Historic State Park
Photographer: Marsha A. Matson
Taken: May 28, 2015
Caption: Indian Key Historic State Park
Additional Description: Native Americans began occupying Indian Key by approximately A.D. 1000. It was visited by the Spanish during the 17th century, and a trading post had been established on the island by the early 19th century. The island was acquired by Jacob Housman in 1831 and became a center for the wrecking industry. In its heyday, during the 1830's, Indian Key had houses, wharves, warehouses, a hotel, bowling alley, and post office. It was the temporary homes of noted botanist Henry Perrine and was visited by naturalist J.J. Audubon. The island was attacked and burned by "Spanish speaking Indians" on August 7, 1840. The attack, and the events surrounding it, formed a major episode in the Second Seminole War.
Submitted: May 29, 2015, by Marsha A. Matson of Palmetto Bay, Florida.
Database Locator Identification Number: p309660
File Size: 7.639 Megabytes


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