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Key Biscayne in Miami-Dade County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Key Biscayne, The Barrier Island

 
 
Key Biscayne - Barrier Island Marker image. Click for full size.
By Marsha A. Matson, December 2, 2014
1. Key Biscayne - Barrier Island Marker
Inscription. Key Biscayne is a barrier island located at the north end of the reef-strewn Florida Straits. One thousand years before Columbus sailed, the Tequesta inhabited the island. These coastal fishermen navigated dugout canoes between the island and the mainland. The Spanish explorers and missionaries referred to the native people in the area around Biscayne Bay as Vizcaynos. Though this name for them is documented in a 1675 mission report letter from Bishop Calderon of Cuba, and though several tales offer explanations, the true origin of the name which graces Biscayne Bay and Key Biscayne remains a mystery.

In 1513, 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.
Key Biscayne - Barrier Island Marker image. Click for full size.
By Marsha A. Matson, December 2, 2014
2. Key Biscayne - Barrier Island Marker
Marker is in Key Biscayne, Florida, in Miami-Dade County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of South Crandon Boulevard and Cape Florida Park Boulevard, on the left when traveling south. 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 7 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); Vizcaya (approx. 6.4 miles away); Dinner Key (approx. 6.4 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 on Key Biscayne, including sea turtle nests and sandhill crane
Sea view from marker trail image. Click for full size.
By Marsha A. Matson, December 2, 2014
3. Sea view from marker trail
nests. (Submitted on December 15, 2014, by Marsha A. Matson of Palmetto Bay, Florida.) 
 
Categories. ExplorationNative AmericansWaterways & Vessels
 
Native plants on marker trail image. Click for full size.
By Marsha A. Matson, December 2, 2014
4. Native plants on marker trail
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on December 15, 2014, by Marsha A. Matson of Palmetto Bay, Florida. This page has been viewed 235 times since then and 35 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.
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