It Happened in the Florida Keys

It Happened in the Florida Keys

Stories of Events and People that Shaped History

Victoria Shearer


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From the wreck of the USS Alligator to the mystery of the marooned dolphins, It Happened in the Florida Keys looks at intriguing people and episodes from the history of this island chain.

  • Discover why the Key Largo dive community decided to have the largest ship in the world ever to be intentionally sunk deposited six miles offshore the Florida Keys.
  • Read about the incredible discovery of a sunken seventeenth-century Spanish galleon’s treasure worth an estimated $450 million.
  • Learn how some poultry running wild wreaked havoc on the city of Key West, and sparked the emotionally charged “chicken wars”.
  • Relive three fascinating summers when Keys residents rubbed elbows with Hollywood stars as their favorite haunts were transformed into fictional sets for a popular television series.


Victoria Shearer:
Victoria Shearer is a longtime travel and food journalist who frequently contributes to national magazines and newspapers. She is also the author of The Florida Keys Cookbook, ten editions of Insiders’ Guide to the Florida Keys & Key West, Walking Places in New England, It Happened in the Florida Keys, and others. Vicki divides her time between Islamorada, in the Keys, and Wake Forest, North Carolina.