Historic Markers Across Florida

Indian Key Historic State Park

Marker ID: FLHM 
Location: Located on Indian Key Fill, these information boards along with the Triangle of History marker give a nice account of the history of this area.
County: Monroe
Coordinates: N 24° 53.364    W 080° 40.624
  24.8894    -80.67706666
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: WMM4BK


Native Americans began occupying Indian Key by approximately A.D. 1000. It was visited by the Spanish during the 17th century, and a trading post had been established on the island by the 19th century.

The island was acquired by Jacob Housman in 1831 and became a center for the wrecking industry. In its heyday, during the 1830's, Indian Key had houses, wharves, warehouses, a hotel, bowling alley, and post office. It was the temporary home of noted botanist Henry Perrine and was visited by naturalist J.J. Audubon.
The island was attacked and burned by "Spanish speaking Indians" on August 7, 1840. The attack, and the events surrounding it formed a major episode in the Second Seminole War.

State of Florida