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Key West and the surrounding Florida Keys are rich in history dating back to the Spanish Conquistadors. Each day holds a new opportunity to learn about the significant historical events that happened in Key West and the Florida Keys. These bite sized podcasts are a great way to brush up on your historical facts about this beautiful coral cay archipelago paradise that we call home!

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Key West and the surrounding Florida Keys are rich in history dating back to the Spanish Conquistadors. Each day holds a new opportunity to learn about the significant historical events that happened in Key West and the Florida Keys. These bite sized podcasts are a great way to brush up on your historical facts about this beautiful coral cay archipelago paradise that we call home!

    Key West Murder Lands Man on Death Row - March 28, 1983

    Key West Murder Lands Man on Death Row - March 28, 1983

    Bobby Marion Francis had a criminal past and was involved in the drug trade in Key West in the mid 1970's. One deal went wrong and he ended up taking revenge on Titus R. Walters, who was working as a drug informant for the sheriff's office.
    The story is gruesome and brutal. But, it's part of Key West History. You may also remember Bobby Marion Francis from another crime story in Key West. He was involved in a deal with Bum Farto, and you can hear that story here.
    Today in Key West History is a prod member of the Florida Keys Podcast Network. You can also find us at http://43keys.com.

    • 6 min
    A Key West Son Becomes a Big Player in Florida Politics - March 26, 1851

    A Key West Son Becomes a Big Player in Florida Politics - March 26, 1851

    Stephen Russell Mallory was an immigrant to Key West from the island of Trinidad. He grew up in Key West and learned the practice of law from local judges. His career was ascendant and he caught the attention of the President and received a position of Presidential appointment which was the springboard for many more important positions. 
    Stephen Mallory played a pivotal role in the Confederacy during the Civil War. He was eventually charged with treason and sought a Presidential Pardon to clear him of these charges. He eventually received a partial parole and was able to move past this scandal.
    With a dwindling fortune, he had to fall back on the practice of law to rebuild his life and reunite his family.
    His impact on the South during the Civil War was undeniable, but his service to his country didn't stop there as he held several powerful positions in Key West and in the state of Florida, as well as for the Confederacy. 
    If you're ever visiting Key West, you can learn more about Stephen Mallory and visit the world famous Mallory Square Sunset Celebration, which is held nightly. You can learn more about that here.
    It was today, March 26, 1851 that Stephen Mallory was appointed to be a US Senator by the Florida Legislature.
    And that's what happened Today in Key West History.
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    The source for the content of this podcast is The Florida Irish Heritage Center and you can find the article here.

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    Robber Barrons Buying Up Land in the Florida Keys - March 23, 1941

    Robber Barrons Buying Up Land in the Florida Keys - March 23, 1941

    Edward Ball was the estate manager for Alfred I. duPont, who had a reputation for pinching pennies and treating every transaction as if it was a business deal. He was a great financial manager, with questionable political allies. He used the power of his position to wield as much power over politics as he could. He never wanted to get his hands dirty himself, so he bought politicians to do it for him.
    It was today, March 23, 1941 that Ed Ball bought over 600 acres of land in Matecumbe, Little Torch and Sugarloaf Keys.
    And that's what happened Today in Key West History.
    Today in Key West History is brought to you by 43 Keys Media. You can find us at http://43keys.com.
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    Mark Twain Visits Key West While Sailing to Cuba - March 22, 1902

    Mark Twain Visits Key West While Sailing to Cuba - March 22, 1902

    Samuel Clemens spent lots of time on H.H. Rogers new steam yacht, Kanawha. At the time, the Kanawha was one of the largest privately owned (and fastest) steam yachts.
    In the summer of 1902, Clemens, Rogers, Thomas B. Reed and some other friends boarded Kanawha and set sail on a cruise around the Caribbean. Along the way, the stopped in Key West.
    And that's what happened Today in Key West History. 
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    Forget Mar-a-Lago, The Real Winter White House is in Key West - March 19, 1949

    Forget Mar-a-Lago, The Real Winter White House is in Key West - March 19, 1949

    What started out as military quarters has grown into a pivotal building in our country's history over the last 50+ years. It could be considered the original Winter White House, but we call it the Truman Little White House due to the fact that President Harry S. Truman truly fell in love with Key West while he was here.
    He even said the city was his second favorite city in the world - second only to his hometown.
    The Little White House has hosted dignitaries from many countries, as well as the President and top military brass of the United States. It's also been the site of several important documents that changed the course of history - The Key West Accord and The Marshall Plan are among them.
    Learn more about the role our island city of Key West and the Truman Little White House played in the history of the United States!
    Today in Key West History is brought to you by 43 Keys Media. You can find us at http://43keys.com.
    Today in Key West History is a proud member of the Florida Keys Podcast Network.
    Content for this episode was provided by the National Park Service and can be found here:
    https://www.nps.gov/nr/travel/presidents/trumans_little_white_house.html

    • 7 min
    Leprosy Outbreak in Key West After the Turn of the Century - March 18, 1909

    Leprosy Outbreak in Key West After the Turn of the Century - March 18, 1909

    From ancient writings, we have always known that Leprosy had a stigma that many other diseases never have. Highly contagious and rife with gross symptoms that could be hard for the non-afflicted to stomach, those with leprosy have always been isolated, more so than treated.
    Leper colonies were created to help contain the disease and put it out of the public view. In a 1955 article called “Leprosy in the United States”, Dr. L.F. Badger documented the pockets of Leprosy within the United States. After looking at the data, it was determined that the majority of US cases of Leprosy occurred within just a few small communities.
     
    One of the communities with Leprosy occurrences was Key West. Within Florida, only 11 out of 67 specific counties had reported incidences within a period of 33 years. One county stood out with a larger than typical concentration of the disease. That was Monroe County, which comprises the entirety of the Florida Keys. But it wasn’t the entire Keys that had reports of the disease - it was only Key West!
     
    During this measurable period, the state of Florida reported 137 cases of Leprosy. Of those 137 cases, almost half (44.5%) were located in Monroe County. There were 96 patients who were born in Florida and just under 45% of them resided in Key West at the time they were diagnosed. 
     
    With a little more digging and pouring over the case histories of the 96 patients in Key West with Leprosy, it was determined that 78 of these patients probably contracted Leprosy while they were living in Key West! The rest of the patients most likely contracted the disease outside of Key West and could have brought the disease back to Key West.
     
    This little discussed part of Key West history is interesting in that when you look at the location within the city where the Leprosy patients lived, it was determined that 65 of the patients diagnosed, actually resided within the city limits of Key West. What is even more surprising is that 56 of those 65 patients lived in what is now known as Old Town Key West. And a further concentration of 39 diagnosed patients lived within 5 square blocks of Old Town. This highest concentration area was the residential area that fronts what we refer to today as the Key West Bight!
     
    It’s never been well documented what could have caused this outbreak of Leprosy within Key West, but the location of the diagnosed patients does seem to support the fact that they could have been exposed by other travelers and ships coming in and out of the bight. 
     
    And it was today, March 18, 1909: A man died of leprosy in a house on Virginia Street (which would have been in the outermost part of the affected area of the city). The house and all contents were destroyed by fire under the direction of Fire Chief Fulford.
    Today in Key West History is brought to you by 43 Keys Media. You can find us at http://43keys.com.
    The source for this content is:
    https://europepmc.org/backend/ptpmcrender.fcgi?accid=PMC2024574&blobtype=pdf

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