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OSTFloridaKeysMap

The route of the Santiago through the Florida Keys.

"A man told of a British naval vessel, Captain, just like that one. She'd run aground on a sandbar near the Florida Keys, and there she stayed, her sails flogged to pieces by the wind, all her boats gone."
Jack Sparrow to Nathaniel Bainbridge[src]

The Florida Keys were a coral archipelago between Florida and Cuba.

History

The Keys were originally inhabited by Calusa and Tequesta natives. They were later found and charted by Juan Ponce de León in 1513. Ponce de León named the islands Los Martires ('The Martyrs') as they looked like suffering men from a distance. "Key" is corrupted from the Spanish Cayo, meaning small island. For many years, Key West was the largest town near Florida, and it grew prosperous on wrecking. The isolated outpost was well located for trade with Cuba, the Bahamas, and was on the main trade route from New Orleans.

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