216 Custom map of the Florida Keys
The Florida Keys celebrates a diverse and colorful history that is full of adventurous tales of Native American Indians, Spanish explorers, pirates, hurricanes, and shipwrecks. Offering the only living coral barrier reef in the U.S, this island archipelago lies along the Florida Strait stretching 200 miles from Biscayne Bay to the Dry Tortugas. Before Spaniard Ponce De Leon’s expedition in 1573, the Florida Keys was home to the Native American tribes Calusa and Tequesta. The Spanish named these islands Los Martires (The Martyrs) and rightfully so, since many ships were wrecked on the reef during early times. However, the name was once again changed by the Spanish to “Keys” from the Spanish word “cayos” meaning “small island.” Subsequently, the official name Florida Keys was adopted.
The Keys and all of Florida became U.S territory in 1822, but it was 10 years later that settlers began to arrive and began making the Keys their permanent home. Railroad was first introduced in 1905, and in September of 1935, a hurricane killed over 800 people and caused devastation to farming communities. The Florida Keys Overseas Highway opened in 1938 and still serves as the main connection to the mainland today.
Plant and animal life in the Florida Keys are distinctive and many are found only in the Keys. The Keys’ flora is diverse, consisting of red maple, slash pine, oaks, gumbo limbo, stoppers, and Jamaican dogwood. Though present in the Keys, bougainvillea, hibiscus, and papaya are not native plants but were introduced in the area. The fauna of the Keys is also unique, which includes the protected Key deer, American crocodile, and the Key Largo woodrat.
Our framed version is tenderly framed and shipped from Holman, Wisconsin and includes a 1.5 inch frame, 2 inch white mat, glass, quality hardware, the print itself, and shipping. Please allow 3 weeks for the framed map delivery of our framed map.
Today, Florida Keys is teeming with culture, history, art, and lively community. Visual art and crafts are popular throughout the island chain, such as the Pigeon Key Art Festival, typically held in February to celebrate the heritage of the tiny historic island beneath the Old Seven Mile Bridge. The Morada Way Arts and Cultural District features regular casual gatherings where one-of-a-kind fine art is showcased, and eclectic galleries are rich with affordable original artwork. Islamorada Community Entertainment offers excellent classical and contemporary musical performances, from jam sessions, to reggae, to bluegrass festivals. As a tourist destination, some of Florida Keys’ great attractions include beautiful beaches, museums, theatre, sightseeing, snorkeling, golf, fishing, butterfly and nature conservatory and fine cuisine.
This is a digitally colored map designed by Lisa and her team.
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