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Early Black settlers on Plantation Key, circa 1895. Blacks from the Bahama Islands settled in the Florida Keys following the collapse of the Bahamian economy in the late 1800s.
 

 
The old slave quarters at Fort Dallas, built by the slaves of William English in 1842. The building later housed soldiers during the Third Seminole War. It has been moved to Lummus Park near downtown Miami.

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The Hurst starch mill in Lemon City, circa early 1900s. Here coontie root was processed into raw starch and shipped, primarily to Key West. Almost every pioneer family, Black and White, dug the roots for their own use or for sale. The root once grew plentifully in the pine woods, but was harvested to extinction in South Florida.



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