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VIRTUAL Distinguished Speaker Series | Key West in the 1870s, 1880s and 1890s: A History of Revolution and Change

17-December from 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM

VIRTUAL Distinguished Speaker Series | Key West in the 1870s, 1880s and 1890s: A History of Revolution and Change

Thursday, December 17, 2020, from 4:00 pm-5:00 pm

Key West in the last three decades of the nineteenth century was a unique piece of America. Cuban revolutionaries on the island organized their struggle against Spanish rule in Cuba. Shipping lanes connected Key West with the world and there was bi-weekly steamship service between Tampa, Key West and Havana. The economy boomed as the island was a major cigar manufacturing center. The sponge market also thrived. The population of Key West also increased dramatically:  from 5,600 in 1870 to more than 18,000 in 1890. Hear historian Fred Borch talk about Key West in this exciting period of our island’s history.

About the Presenter:

Fred Borch is the Regimental Historian and Archivist for the Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps. He served 25 years as an Army lawyer before retiring from active duty in 2005. The following year, he returned to the Army as a civilian and today is the only full-time military legal historian in the U.S. government. Fred has history degrees from Davidson College and the University of Virginia, law degrees from the University of North Carolina, University of Brussels (Belgium) and The Judge Advocate General’s School. He also has an M.A. from the Naval War College.


Jose Marti speaking from the house at 1125 Duval Street. Photo from the Monroe County Library Collection.

Sponsored in part by the Helmerich Trust, Lee Garrison, and the Florida Division of Cultural Affairs


December 17
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
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