Key West on the Edge Key West on the Edge
Florida History and Culture

Key West on the Edge

Inventing the Conch Republic

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Publisher Description

How the unique island city came to be a major tourist destination

Florida Historical Society Charlton Tebeau Book Award


Key West lies at the southernmost point of the continental United States,
ninety miles from Cuba, at Mile Marker 0 on famed U.S. Highway 1. Famous for
six-toed cats in the Hemingway House, Sloppy Joe’s and Captain Tony's, Jimmy
Buffett songs, body paint parade "costumes," and a brief secession
from the Union after which the Conch Republic asked for $1 billion in foreign
aid, Key West also lies at the metaphorical edge of our sensibilities.



How
this unlikely city came to be a tourist mecca is the subject of Robert
Kerstein's intrepid new history. Sited on an island only four miles long and
two miles wide, Key West has been fishing village, salvage yard, U.S. Navy
base, cigar factory, hippie haven, gay enclave, cruise ship port-of-call, and
more. Duval Street, which stretches the length of one of the most unusual
cities in America, is today lined with brand-name shops that can be found in
any major shopping mall in America.



Leaving
no stone unturned, Kerstein reveals how Key West has changed dramatically over
the years while holding on to the uniqueness that continues to attract tourists
and new residents to the island.

GENRE
History
RELEASED
2012
April 1
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
368
Pages
PUBLISHER
University Press of Florida
SELLER
Ingram DV LLC
SIZE
6.6
MB

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