The PERFECT Island Christmas gift: Hidden History of the Florida Keys
Do you love tales of island life? Stories of rum runners and duelists and courageous souls who lived large? What about Florida Keys history?
If you answered yes to the above, then you'll want to check out the book Hidden History of the Florida Keys, by Island Runaways very own Laura Albritton. Give it as a last minute Christmas gift -- or just treat yourself!
Published by The History Press, this is a delightful read! Ten chapters recount Florida Keys history from the 1820s to the 1960s, with an excellent selection of historic and archival photographs. Here's a little description to whet your appetite:
The 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 rum running 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.
Also check out 2 more Florida Keys history books by Laura : Marathon: the Middle Keys and Key West's Duval Street.