Key West in the Florida Keys is planning a range of activities throughout 2022 to highlight the 200th anniversary of the island’s first permanent settlement on 25 March 1822.
On this date, U.S. Navy Lt. Matthew Perry planted the American flag on island soil when he arrived to physically claim the Florida Keys as U.S. territory by orders of the Navy. The islands’ strategic location guarded the northern edge of the Florida Straits, the deep-water route between the Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico.
Key West 200th will run 19-30 March with activity highlights set to include:
20 March: The Key West Maritime Historical Society will present Perry’s original logbook for permanent safekeeping at the Monroe County Public Library’s Florida
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