Historic Markers Across Florida

Tea Table Key

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


Like nearby Upper and Lower Matecumbe and Indian Key, Tea Table Key was occupied by native Americans during prehistoric times. The early inhabitants settled here to take advantage of the abundance of maritime resources available in the area.

By 1840, the U.S. Navy had begun to use Tea Table Key as an operations center and hospital site. At the time of the attack on Indian Key, most of the naval contingent was away on patrol. An unsuccessful attempt was made to repel the Indians, by launching two barges, mounted with swivel guns, from Tea Table Key. The Indians fired at the barges using a six-pound cannon previously mounted on Indian Key by Jacob Houseman.

This is the only recorded instance of artillery being used by Indians against U.S troops during any of the Indian Wars.

State of Florida