Historical Sketch of Monroe County

Historical Sketch of Monroe County


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The area of Monroe county is 692,973 acres, and the population is 13,315. The population increases by thousands during the fishing season with the annual arrival of sportsmen. The climate is considered by many as ideal. No frost has ever been seen on the islands.
The Seminole Indian Reservation is located in the southern part of the mainland, and here a few Seminoles live under the same conditions as those which prevailed when the country was discovered four hundred years ago.


State Library of Florida, WPA - Historical Records Survey, County Histories


Brief history of Monroe County, Florida collected by the Works Progress Administration's Historical Records Survey.

Note to Researchers: Though the WPA field workers included extensive citations for the factual information contained in these county histories, it should be noted that these historical narratives were produced in the 1930s by federal government employees, and might reflect the inherent social biases of the era.