Historians You will study the history of the Florida Keys using the provided resources. Each group historian will be assigned one of the four history areas. Research the assigned area using the provided resource links, keeping a detailed journal that includes pictorial information using your groups blogger account and using the following questions as a guide to writing your journal entries.
Historian 1 Research the history of Dry Tortugas
Where is Dry Tortugas located?
When was it discovered and by who?
Why is it called Dry Tortugas?
Why was Fort Jefferson built?
Was it ever completed?
What was Fort Jeffersons use for during the Civil War?
Was the Fort used during any other war time periods?
Historian 2 - Research the general history of the Florida Keys and Indian Key.
Who were the first inhabitants of the Florida Keys?
What did they eat?
What did they use as tools?
When was Florida ruled by the British?
When did the Spanish arrive in the Keys?
What led up to the Seminole Wars?
Was Florida plagued by pirates?
What was Indian Keys importance in Keys history?
Historian 3 Research the East Coast Railway and the Overseas Highway.
Who was responsible for these two major Keys projects?
What was the East Coast Railway?
What route was chosen for the Railway?
What were some of the major pitfalls that caused project delays?
In what year was the railway finally completed?
What was a typical days run for the Key West Extension of the East Coast Railway.
What caused the end to the Railway?
Why did FECRY choose not to rebuild the Railway?
Describe the construction of the Overseas Highway?
What was the timetable for the building of the highway?
Historian 4 Research Pigeon Key and Fort Zachary Taylor
Where is Pigeon Key located?
What was its importance in Keys history?
What were the accommodations like on Pigeon Key?
What was the Seven Mile Bridges importance to Pigeon Key and Keys history?
Are Pigeon Key and the Seven Mile Bridge still used today?
Where is Fort Zachary Taylor located?
What was its significance in history?
What was recovered through excavation in 1968?
Is Fort Zachary still used today?
Description: Overseas Highway Named All American Road