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, 9781561647965

 

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Key West in History: A guide to more than 50 sites in historical context

Key West is a unique travel destination whose history is so rich, it can be confusing for first-time visitors. Tourists walk through a mix of nineteenth-, twentieth-, and twenty-first‒century historic homes and attractions in a blur of fascinating impressions. They get no clear picture of the evolution of the city from its beginnings to the present and no sense of how all of the sites fit into history nor of the significance of Key West in American social, military, and intellectual history. Key West in History changes all of that. Learn More »