Key Biscayne in Miami-Dade County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
Key Biscayne, The Barrier Island
In 1513, Juan Ponce de Leon sailed from Puerto Rico searching for cities of gold. He landed on this island because of its distinctive location, and the fresh water and firewood found in the area. The island became a prominent landmark for the earliest navigators in American waters. During a twenty year British rule which began in 1763, British Royal Surveyors charted the waters. Florida was returned to Spain in the 1783 Treaty of Paris. Spain ceded Florida to the United States in 1821 and territorial status was granted later that same year. Florida became a state in 1845.
Location. 25° 39.941′ N, 80° 9.454′ W. Touch for map. The marker is on a trail leading from the Lighthouse Keeper's House and Cape Florida Lighthouse to the ocean. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1200 S. Crandon Blvd, Key Biscayne FL 33149, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Homes That Hover (within shouting distance of this marker); Escaping to Freedom in the Bahamas (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); U.S. Coast Survey Base Marker (about 400 feet away); Lighthouse Keeper's Cottage (about 500 feet away); Let It Shine! (about 600 feet away); Virginia Key Beach Park (approx. 4.8 miles away); Historical Marker #2 Dance Pavilion (approx. 4.8 miles away); Historical Marker #1: The Concession Stand (approx. 4.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Key Biscayne.
Also see . . .
1. Florida Tribes: Tequesta Indians. (Submitted on December 15, 2014, by Marsha A. Matson of Palmetto Bay, Florida.)
2. The Tequesta of Biscayne Bay. (Submitted on December 15, 2014, by Marsha A. Matson of Palmetto Bay, Florida.)
3. Crandon Park Visitors and Nature Center. Description of native plants and animals in Crandon Park (Submitted on December 15, 2014, by Marsha A. Matson of Palmetto Bay, Florida.)
Categories. • Exploration • Native Americans • Waterways & Vessels •
Credits. This page was last revised on November 25, 2017. This page originally submitted on December 15, 2014, by Marsha A. Matson of Palmetto Bay, Florida. This page has been viewed 256 times since then and 16 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on December 15, 2014, by Marsha A. Matson of Palmetto Bay, Florida. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.