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Florida Keys Islands

The diverse and extremely colorful history of the Florida Keys archipelago is full of adventure. From Indians, Spaniards and pirates to hurricanes and numerous shipwrecks , these islands have always been a place to explore. Let's begin our journey ...


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These islands are the birthplace of the Calus Indians. In 1513 the Spanish expedition led by Ponce de Leon came in search of the Source of eternal youth and deposits of gold. But they eventually found only Indians. And many, many insects.

Photo Islands Florida Keys - American ButlerIt is believed that they enslaved the tribe, cut down the trees, and then did not find any other use for these islands, except to make the islands on the map for their ships traveling between Central America and Spain. Many of these ships crashed on reefs, which gave future adventurers and divers a rich treasure trove.

The Spaniards later called these island chains "keys", from the Spanish word "cayos", which means "small islands". So the name that we know now as Florida Keys appeared.

In 1812, all of Florida officially became the territory of the United States. But only in 1822 the settlers began to arrive here. Dodging pirates who flooded these waters, the settlers found not only fertile fishing grounds, but also got rich from the salvation of sunken ships. Florida has incorporated the archipelago into its possession. in 1845.

In 1905, Henry Flagler began to expand his railway from the manor through the Everglades to Key Largo. Seven years later, after many deaths and deprivations, this railway was finally completed up to Key West, the most popular island of the archipelago. The railroad allowed to ship through products from the Caribbean.

1935 Hurricane swept through the islands, destroying agricultural communities and tearing the short-lived railway to pieces. It is documented that with a wind of 200 miles per hour and a tidal wave 18 feet killed over 800 people. For the next three years, the shipments only went by boat. However, in 1938, the motorway opened, which is still the main link to the mainland.

The waters of the archipelago store many historical discoveries. Florida Keys contains numerous remains of ships, from Spanish galleons to cargo ships of the Second World War. In addition, there is the only US coral barrier reef, and it is also a home for tropical fish, which in itself makes this historic place even more exotic and worthy of preservation.

What to look at

Mallory square

The lively area in Key West, which is best known for celebrating the sunset. Every evening, people gather to create a festive atmosphere, while tourists admire the legendary sunset over the Gulf of Mexico. You'll find an interesting mix of performances, from tightrope cats and unicycle dogs to swallowing a sword and juggling with fire.

Key West Butterfly and Nature Conservatory

Greenhouses provide visitors with the opportunity to wander among 60 species of butterflies, which freely hover among the habitat filled with plants, accompanied by more than 20 species of exotic birds.

Visitors will learn about the life cycle of butterflies at the training center, where you can watch a 15-minute training film, see various exhibits, and see live caterpillars at all stages of the life cycle.

Marathon

Middle Keys Commercial Sports Center, from here organizes charters for bottom fishing, deep-sea and reef fishing. Tourists also practice water sports, including paddle boarding, kayaking and water skiing.

Bahia Honda State Park

The best beach in the archipelago and one of the most beautiful beaches in Florida. It has two separate beach areas: one large section overlooking the open ocean, and the other a smaller one, it is located on the side of the old railway. The views are impressive on both sides.

The beach occupies 400 acres and offers scuba diving on the boat, as well as beach equipment hire. Camping and picnic areas are available.

Visit the archipelago with American Butler - we will organize excursions for you and find a guide.
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