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By Kerstein Robert

Key West lies on the southernmost element of the continental Unites States, 90 miles from Cuba, at Mile Marker zero on famed U.S. street 1. recognized for six-toed cats within the Hemingway residence, Sloppy Joe’s and Captain Tony's, Jimmy Buffett songs, physique paint parade "costumes," and a quick secession from the Union and then the Conch Republic requested for $1 billion in overseas reduction, Key West additionally lies on the metaphorical fringe of our sensibilities.

How this not going urban got here to be a vacationer mecca is the topic of Robert Kerstein's intrepid new historical past. Sited on an island merely 4 miles lengthy and miles large, Key West has been fishing village, salvage backyard, U.S. army base, cigar manufacturing facility, hippie haven, homosexual enclave, cruise send port-of-call, and extra. Duval road, which stretches the size of 1 of the main strange towns in the US, is this day covered with brand-name retailers that may be present in any significant shopping center in America.

Leaving no stone unturned, Kerstein finds how Key West has replaced dramatically through the years whereas keeping directly to the distinctiveness that keeps to draw travelers and new citizens to the island.

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