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Lower Matecumbe Key (Florida Keys)

Lower Matecumbe Key (Florida Keys)

Characteristics

Description

The island lies to the southwest of Upper Matecumbe Key, and to the northeast of Craig
Key.
All of the key is within the Village of Islamorada as of November 4, 1997, when it was incorporated.
This key is the site of a number of Indian mounds and middens, most of which were destroyed during the building of the Overseas Railroad.

A number of natural wells were also located here, at the northeast end of the key. These wells were well known to early seafaring men as the most reliable source of fresh water in the Keys. They, too were destroyed during the railroad era, and the location of their site has been lost. The southwestern end of the key is the site of a former sand mining operation.

22/03/2010
Update
Joëlle
L'île est située au sud-ouest de la Haute-Matecumbe Key, et au nord-est de Craig Key.
Cette clé est le site d'un certain nombre de monticules indiens et tertres, dont la plupart ont été détruits pendant la construction du chemin de fer d'outre-mer. 

Un certain nombre de puits naturels ont également été installées ici, à l'extrémité nord de la clé. Ces puits étaient bien connues de l'homme au début de l'aventure maritime comme source la plus fiable d'eau douce dans les Keys.  Eux aussi ont été détruits pendant l'ère du chemin de fer, et l'emplacement de leur site a été perdu. L'extrémité sud-ouest de la clé est le site d'une ancienne exploitation du sable.

22/03/2010
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Joëlle
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Lignumvitae Key (Florida Keys)

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Robbie's Marina (Lower Matecumbe Key)

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Indian key anchorage (Florifa Keys)

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Lignumvitae anchorage (Florida Keys)

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Channel Five (Florida Keys)

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Local Area

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NW Atlantic Ocean

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Upper matecumbe Key (Florida Keys)

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