|Dry Tortugas labeled arial view.|
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Ponce de Leon and crew refreshed themselves, gorging on turtle at the land they claimed and named the Tortugas (turtles) in the 1500s. We know it today as the Dry Tortugas, off the coast of Florida’s Keys and still considered part of Florida.
|Brick seawall border on|
Ft. Jefferson moat, Dry Tortugas.
Today the Dry Tortugas is a protected nesting ground for turtles and a research station for marine biologists, an uncrowded national park as rich in history as it is in wildlife.
|Fort Jefferson entrance,|
The United States spent 30 years building Fort Jefferson there, but never fired a shot from it, nor was it fired upon.
|Non operational lighthouse. A taller, also|
currently non-operational lighthouse
is on Dry Tortugas Loggerhead Key.
|Atop Ft. Jefferson’s wall|
overlooking the sea.
It was repurposed as prison where Dr. Harvey Mudd served as its most infamous prisoner. He was jailed for reseting the legbone of Abraham Lincoln’s assassin. He was later released by Andrew Jackson for his dedicated work on yellow fever while imprisoned
|Garden Key beach view from Ft. Jefferson.|
If for no other reason, it’s worth a visit simply because it’s beautiful
|The quality of light and interplay of color|
at Ft Jefferson is stunning.
|Sprawling Ft. Jefferson at one point housed 1500 workers.|
|Stalagmite on the ceiling shows clear evidence|
of Ft. Jeffersons’s decay.
|Thirty three Cubans risked their lives|
on this boat seeking asylum
at the Dry Tortugas. Guess where
our next stop was?