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Historic Plaque
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Markerman62
N 24° 53.064 W 080° 41.174
17R E 531691 N 2752184
Quick Description: Located just south of Indian Key Fill on US 1.
Location: Florida, United States
Date Posted: 3/9/2018 8:21:23 PM
Waymark Code: WMXWVZ
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Marine Biologist
Views: 6

Long Description:
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 1820'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.
Marker Number: None

Date: None

County: Monroe

Marker Type: Plaque

Sponsored or placed by: The Matacumbe Historical Trust

Website: Not listed

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