The History and Unique Location of Key West – A Well-Known Island Near the Florida Keys
Located in the Straits of Florida, Key West is an island that can be found at the south of the Florida Keys and at a distance of about 90 km from Cuba. The island measures an area of only about 3,370 acres, and is primarily known for its rich history, historically significant Old Town, modern tourist attractions and strategic military location.
The island was initially occupied by the Calusa people. It was first discovered by the Spanish, when Juan Ponce de Leon arrived on the island in 1521. The Spanish then took over Florida, and established a small garrison here.
When Great Britain took control of Florida for a short time, and in the 1800s, after the Spanish Governor of Cuba was in office, Key West passed through ownership from the Spanish to the United States several times, being considered a key strategic location between the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico.