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How Key West Became American

Commodore of the US Navy, Matthew C. Perry, sailed the schooner Shark to Key West on March 25, 1822. He planted the American flag on our island and claimed the Keys as the property of the United States. After this, there were no disagreements or protests over America’s claim to Key West. So we then became the official property of the United States. We’re so glad to be apart of America!

 

A photograph of Commodore Perry

A photograph of Commodore Perry

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