Historic Markers Across Florida

Tea Table Key

Marker ID:  
Location: A small plaque on a rock along the Overseas Highway (US 1)
County: Monroe
Coordinates: N 24° 53.578    W 080° 40.148
  24.89296666    -80.66913333
Style: Mounted **
Waymark: WM6HJD


Indians lived on this island over 1000 years ago. In 1722, it was known as Royal Island. In Dec 1888, Lt Castro established a Naval base here and named it Ft Paulding. This was the base for the West Indian Squadron, used to blockade the coast to keep the Indians from recieving supplies from the Bahamas and Cuba.
The Navy´s first steamship, ´the Sea Gull´ was based here.

While the Navy was looking for Indians in the Everglades, the Inians attacked nearby Indian Key on Aug 7, 1890 destroying the village and county seat of Dade County.


City: Key West, FL