Key Biscayne

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*Best Nonfiction Book about Florida Award for 2015 from the Florida Authors and Publishers Association* 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 León'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. Key Biscayne now hosts a multinational community and hundreds of thousands of visitors annually.
ISBN: 9781467113229
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: Florida
Series: Images of America
Images: 218
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
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. Their most recent book, Key Biscayne, was awarded the Best Nonfiction Book about Florida Award for 2015 by the Florida Authors and Publishers Association.
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