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DRY TORTUGAS NATIONAL PARK

A cluster of islands at the far tip of the Florida Keys where history and nature compete for attention

DRY TORTUGAS NATIONAL PARK

History and Nature compete for attention in the Dry Tortugas, a cluster of islands at the far tip of the Florida Keys where turtles (and a single crocodile) swim in the shadow of Fort Jefferson, a massive 19th century coastal fort held together by more than 16 million bricks.

Dry Tortugas National Park, located 70 miles west of Key West, can be reached by boat or seaplane from Key West:

Learn more about the park and what you can see and do there:

Dr. Samuel Mudd: Villain or Hero?

Fort Jefferson’s most famous resident, Dr. Samuel Mudd, was imprisoned at the fort in July 1865 for conspiring to assassinate President Abraham Lincoln. Sentenced to life in prison for his role in the conspiracy, Mudd was later pardoned by President Andrew Jackson.

Conservation Efforts

Efforts are underway to preserve the massive brick walls, Civil War era structures and 19th century cannon that make Fort Jefferson a monument of American history. Read more at the links below.

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