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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
1. Historic Plaque Marker
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.
 
Location. 24° 53.506′ N, 80° 40.296′ W. Marker is in Islamorada, Florida, in Monroe County. Marker is 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.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Tea Table Key (approx. 0.2 miles away); Florida East Coast Railroad Overseas Extension
Historic Plaque Marker image. Click for full size.
By Marsha A. Matson, May 16, 2015
2. Historic Plaque Marker
(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); Triangle of History (approx. 2.5 miles away); The Florida Keys Memorial (approx. 2.8 miles away); Site of Camp Three (approx. 5 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Islamorada.
 
Categories. ExplorationNative AmericansSettlements & Settlers
 
Historic Plaque Marker image. Click for full size.
By Marsha A. Matson, May 16, 2015
3. Historic Plaque Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 23, 2016. This page originally submitted on May 21, 2015, by Marsha A. Matson of Palmetto Bay, Florida. This page has been viewed 288 times since then and 33 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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