The earliest records of the Florida Keys tell us that they were inhabited by the Calusa Indians. Ponce De Leon explored and mapped the islands on his legendary quest for the fountain of youth. Though he may not have found any such fountain, many people still visit the keys in search for the secret of eternal life.
Key West began as a fishing and salvage village. Though times have changed, the town mostly hasn't. Today, it's still one of the best fishing locations in the country.
In 1982, to protest government roadblocks, the Florida Keys seceded from the United States to form their own nation--The Conch Republic. The new "country's" motto was "We seceeded where others failed." After remaining seperated from the U.S. for one minute, the "Prime Minister" surrendered to the U.S. Navy, and requested one billion dollars for wartime damages.
Today, the Keys are supported mostly be ecotourism. People the world over are coming to the Keys to experience the natural beauty and the incredible fishing. Why not join these people in visiting what Ernest Hemmingway described as the "best place I’ve ever been anytime, anywhere"?