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by Clyde Powell

 

 







 


Key West Area Parks Dry Tortugas National Park History

History of Fort Jefferson and the Dry Tortugas

bullet1513  Ponce De Leon landed on these islands and gave them the name
Tortugas (Spanish for turtles). Their is no fresh water on any of these
small islands so it eventually took on Dry Tortugas.
 
bullet1565  John Hawkins an English slave trader used the Tortugas to lay in
stores from the rich wildlife that called it home fish, birds, eggs and
turtles. Turtles were a real treat for the men who sailed the seas in those
days. It provided them with fresh meat. They were also easy to keep alive
on the deck of the ship for days to be eaten later. For the most part the
Dry Tortugas was used by the pirates that sailed the oceans. Praying on
the Treasure Fleets that sailed past here on their way back to Spain.
 
bullet1821 Florida was ceded to United States. A lighthouse was constructed on
Garden Key in 1825.
 
bullet1845 Florida Became a state. Construction begun on Fort Taylor in Key West.
The Tortugas became a military reservation. With shipping from the Mississippi river heading for sea ports on the east coast. General Winfield Scott wrote "Fort Jefferson was wholly national, being of far greater value to the people on the waters of the Missouri, Mississippi, and Ohio rivers than to the state of Florida.
 
bullet1846 After a year of planning Lt. Horatio G. Wright, U.S. Army, arrived to start  construction.
 
bullet1847 Lt. Wright laid out the lines for the Fort. The first slave labor arrived from Key West. Utility building were down from New Hampshire.
 
bullet1851 With the completion of most of the moat wall. Construction of the main wall of the Fort was started. The foundation for the chapel and office were built. This included the cisterns system. When this system was finished it included 109 cisterns with a capacity of 1,500,000 gallons of rain water
that collected from the Fort roof.
 
bullet1852 Because of lack of funds work on the Fort Jefferson stopped.
 
bullet1853 With the first contract from a southern brickyard work on Fort Jefferson resumed. These handmade bricks were larger than those made in the north and would hold up better in this climate. By 1855 the outside wall reached 5 feet.
 
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1856 Capt. Daniel Phineas Woodbury an expert on arch construction, relieved Lt. Wright. Wright later became Chief of the Engineers' Corps. During the Civil War he was posted Washington D.C. Defending it from
the sudden attack in 1864. The main wall reached a height of 10 feet.
Work begun on the Loggerhead Lighthouse.

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