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Islamorada in Monroe County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Historic Plaque

 
 
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By Marsha A. Matson, May 16, 2015
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Inscription.  Indian Key, an 11 acre island just offshore to the east, played an important part in Florida's history. An Indian village 1500 years ago, it was also the home of pirates roaming the Caribbean, and a ship wrecker's village during the 1810's. The original seat of Dade County in 1836, the village consisted of some thirty houses, a warehouse, wharves, a general store, shops, U.S. Post Office, a hotel with ballroom and bowling alleys. It became the site of the Tropical Plant Company with a nursery on Lower Matecumbe, raising sisal for hemp rope, and mulberry trees used in the silk industry. Indians attacked the island killing Dr. Henry Perrine and five others the night of August 7, 1840. Just over the bridge on Lower Matecumbe stood a large Indian village with fresh water wells used by Spanish fleets going to and from Spain.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: ExplorationNative AmericansSettlements & Settlers. A significant historical year for this entry is 1500.
 
Location. 24° 53.506′ N, 80° 40.296′ W. Marker is in Islamorada, Florida, in Monroe County. Marker is
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By Marsha A. Matson, May 16, 2015
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on Overseas Highway (U.S. 1 at milepost 75), on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Islamorada FL 33036, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Tea Table Key (approx. 0.2 miles away); Florida East Coast Railroad Oversea Extension (approx. 0.3 miles away); Spanish Treasure Fleet of 1733 (approx. 0.3 miles away); Rafters (approx. 0.3 miles away); Juan Ponce de Leon (approx. 0.3 miles away); Islamorada Baptist Church (approx. 2.3 miles away); Green Turtle Inn (approx. 2.4 miles away); Triangle of History (approx. 2˝ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Islamorada.
 
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By Marsha A. Matson, May 16, 2015
3. Historic Plaque Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 23, 2016. It was originally submitted on May 21, 2015, by Marsha A. Matson of Palmetto Bay, Florida. This page has been viewed 413 times since then and 10 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on May 21, 2015, by Marsha A. Matson of Palmetto Bay, Florida. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.

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