Bahamian fishermen and wreckers built temporary camps in the Keys before the U.S. took over Florida, and Bahamians or “Conchs” were among the earliest settlers in Key West. The Bahamian heritage is commemorated in the Bahama Market in a neighborhood originally settled by Bahamians southwest of Whitehead Street. A sign over the entrance to Petronia Street off Duval Street marks the Village neighborhood.

— Key West in History

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