Cuban refugees at Key West.

Cuban refugees at Key West.


Image Number

  • PR04716

Year

  • 1961

Date Note

  • Photographed on April 11, 1961.

Series Title

General Note

  • The family of mechanic Orestes Ortega, seated, and an ex-Castro captain, Armando Rodriguez, wait in a Coast Guard boat. The girl on the left with the doll is Martiza Ortega. The woman standing in the middle is Aracelia Ortega, mother of the two girls (note she is five months pregnant). The girl in her lap is Meca Ortega.
  • Accompanying note: "As far as my grandfather tells the story, he and the captain had planned on leaving for sometime, as they noticed things with Batista were getting bad very quickly. They hid a small boat (I think it was called the Jocuma) near a pier or dock. One night after it had gotten quite dark, they decided then was as good a time as any to leave. They packed up some food, water, and a little clothing and just sailed (perhaps motored) away from their country in the middle of the night. If I remember correctly, they landed at an American owned oil platform after two days at sea, and were then transported to mainland US to start their lives as Americans."

Physical Description

  • 1 photonegative - b&w - 3 x 5 in.

Subject Term

Geographic Term

Personal Subject


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Chicago Manual of Style

Cuban refugees at Key West. 1961. Black & white photonegative, 3 x 5 in. State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory. <https://www.floridamemory.com/items/show/4224>, accessed 4 December 2016.

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Cuban refugees at Key West. 1961. Black & white photonegative. State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory. Accessed 4 Dec. 2016.<https://www.floridamemory.com/items/show/4224>.

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