Plan of Indian Key in 1840.
TODAY in KEY WEST HISTORY / August 7, 1840
1840 Indians attack and burned the settlement on Indian Key. The settlement had been found by Jacob Houseman and was the county seat for the newly formed Dade County. The raid ended Houseman’s hope for a wrecking empire separate from Key West. Killed during the raid was horticulturist and physician Henry Perrine.