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Key Largo to Marathon

Brent Cantrell

in The Florida Folklife Reader

Published by University Press of Mississippi

Published in print October 2011 | ISBN: 9781617031403
Published online March 2014 | e-ISBN: 9781617031427 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.14325/mississippi/9781617031403.003.0001
Key Largo to Marathon

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In 1989, the Historical Museum of Southern Florida’s Folklife Program completed a survey of the folklife of the Florida Keys, whose isolated nature, combined with its mixture of Anglo, Bahamian, and Cuban settlers, produced a traditional life unique to the area. Forms of folklore are constantly evolving, mainly due to the Keys’s rapid development and the influx of outsiders. This chapter describes the folklife of the Upper and Middle Keys, including the region’s maritime industries and occupations such as fishing and trapping, boatbuilding and sail making, sponging, and scavenging. It also looks at tourism and the traditional arts, foodways, music, and wood carving.

Keywords: folklife; Southern Florida; Florida Keys; folklore; maritime industries; maritime occupations; fishing; tourism; foodways; music

Chapter.  1904 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Literature

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