DescriptionThe Florida Keys have witnessed all kinds of historical events, from the dramatic and the outrageous to the tragic and the comic. In the nineteenth century, uncompromising individuals fought duels and plotted political upsets. During the Civil War, a company of "Key West Avengers" escaped their Union-occupied city to join the Confederacy by sailing through the Bahamas. In the early twentieth century, black Bahamians founded a town of their own, while railway engineers went up against the U.S. Navy in a bid to complete the Overseas Railroad. When Prohibition came to the Keys, one defiant woman established a rumrunning empire that dominated South Florida. Join Laura Albritton and Jerry Wilkinson as they delve into tales of treasure hunters, developers, exotic dancers, determined preservationists and more from the colorful history of the Florida Keys.
History Press Library Editions
November 05, 2018
6.0 X 0.38 X 9.0 inches | 0.81 pounds
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About the Author
Florida Keys historian Jerry Wilkinson first arrived in Key West in 1947. Today, he serves on the board of the Historic Florida Keys Foundation and the Florida Keys History & Discovery Center and is president of the Historical Preservation Society of the Upper Keys. He also coauthored Arcadia titles Key Largo and Islamorada.
Author Laura Albritton has written for the Miami Herald, Harvard Review, Sculpture magazine, the Florida Keys Weekly, and the blog Authentic Florida. Her books include the guide Miami for Families and Marathon: The Middle Keys, cowritten with Jerry Wilkinson. Florida Keys historian Jerry Wilkinson first arrived in Key West in 1947. Today, he serves on the board of the Historic Florida Keys Foundation and the Florida Keys History & Discovery Center and is president of the Historical Preservation Society of the Upper Keys. He also coauthored Arcadia titles Key Largo and Islamorada.
"Hidden History on the Florida Keys," a new volume penned by Laura Albritton and Upper Keys historian Jerry Wilkinson, reveals seldom-told tales of the "lively and unusual cast of historic figures" who helped shape the Florida Keys from the 1820s through the 1960s." Keys News