Tavernier in Monroe County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
What is today Tavenier was originally inhabited by the Calusa and Tequesta Native Americans. The Tequesta occupied the area around Biscayne Bay, while the Calusa inhabited Southwest Florida. In 1513, the Florida Keys were discovered and mapped by Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de Leon who named the islands Los Martires (The Martyrs"), as they looked like suffering men from a distance. During Florida's First Spanish Period, the Keys remained isolated from imperial administration, as Spain focused its colonial efforts in Central and South America. In 1774, British cartographer Bernard Romans created a detailed map of the Keys, including Tavernier, which he mapped as Key Tabona. The Tavernier vicinity offered a favorable anchorage for Bahamian fisherman and wreckers due to its location near the hazardous Carysfort Reef. All of Tavernier's earliest settlers originated in the Bahamas. No settlement occurred in Tavernier during Florida's Territorial Period, although Key West began to grow as sponging, turtling, and wrecking became prominent in the economy of the Lower Keys.
Erected 2013 by A Florida Heritage Site, Sponsored by the Historic Florida Keys Foundation, Inc. and the Florida Department of State. (Marker Number F-778.)
Location. 25° 0.57′ N, 80° Touch for map. Located at the entrance to Old Settlers Park. Marker is in this post office area: Tavernier FL 33070, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 13 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. African Queen (approx. 7.7 miles away); The Florida Keys Memorial (approx. 9.9 miles away); Tea Table Key (approx. 12½ miles away); Historic Plaque (approx. 12.7 miles away); Florida East Coast Railroad Overseas Extension (approx. 13 miles away); Spanish Treasure Fleet of 1733 (approx. 13 miles away); Rafters (approx. 13 miles away); Juan Ponce de Leon (approx. 13 miles away).
Categories. • Exploration • Native Americans • Settlements & Settlers •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on May 21, 2015, by Marsha A. Matson of Palmetto Bay, Florida. This page has been viewed 292 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on May 21, 2015, by Marsha A. Matson of Palmetto Bay, Florida. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.