Winner of the 2015 Florida Author and Publisher’s Association President’s Book Award in the Florida Non-fiction Adult category
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Key Biscayne is an island paradise umbilically connected to Miami by a three-and-a-half-mile-long causeway. Its recorded history is one of the longest in North America, starting five centuries ago with Juan Ponce de Leon’s arrival, the second official landing of Europeans in North America after Columbus. For centuries, Key Biscayne was an important landmark for Gulf Stream mariners, and the Cape Florida lighthouse, built in 1825, is the oldest remaining structure in the region. The key was the site of an infamous Indian attack, a Second Seminole War military base, scientific expeditions, a Civil War raid, a tropical plantation, and finally, a residential village and county, state, and national parks. When the key served as Richard Nixon’s vacation White House, its worldwide fame grew. The key now hosts a multinational community and hundreds of thousands of visitors annually.
Long-term South Florida resident James A. Kushlan is a trustee of HistoryMiami, the city’s historical museum. He is an ornithologist, conservationist, and author of six books. Kirsten Hines is a nature travel writer and photographer. She has been an environmental educator on the key for 15 years. Kushlan and Hines are coauthors of two books on bird conservation in South Florida.
The Images of America series celebrates the history of neighborhoods, towns, and cities across the country. Using archival photographs, each title presents the distinctive stories from the past that shape the character of the community today. Arcadia is proud to play a part in the preservation of local heritage, making history available to all.
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