Today in Florida History March 25, 1822 - Lieutenant M.C. Perry took possession of Key West for the United States on this date. Perry was commanding the U.S. schooner U.S.S. Shark and having received his orders in February, proceeded to visit Key West and erect a flagpole flying the United States flag. The event was witnessed by local residents of the small community. Families had been moving to the area from other parts of...Read more
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