Historic Markers Across Florida

1st U.S. Flag Over Key West

Marker ID: FLHM 
Location: Mallory Square, in front of Waterfront Playhouse
County: Monroe
Waymark: None


Under orders from the Navy Department issued on February 7, 1822, Lt. Matthew C. Perry proceeded to Key West aboard his ship, the United States Schooner Shark, to survey the island and harbor and officially declare it part of the newly acquired territory of Florida. On March 25, 1822, Perry landed his crew and in the presence of the inhabitants raised the American standard formally proclaiming United States sovereignty over this island and the Florida Keys.

Sponsors: Erected by Key West Art and Historical Society In Cooperation With Department of State


City: Key West, FL