Welcome To Thompson’s Island… Sorry, I Meant Key West!

untitledUpon return of a friends visit from Key West he asked me about Thompson’s Island to which I responded “Where’s that?”. He then replied “That’s the prior name of Key West”. Since he shares the same last name as the former island I asked “Does that make it your island now?” as in staking a claim. 🙂 I actually found it quite intriguing and said “I see a future blog coming out of this!” That future is now… thanks J. Thompson!

Here’s the scoop on the establishment of Thompson’s Island now called Key West: On March 25, 1822, Lt. Commander, Matthew Perry, sailed the schooner Shark to Key West and planted the U.S. flag, claiming the Keys as United States property. No protests were made over the American claim so Perry renamed Cayo Hueso (Key West) to “Thompson’s Island” for Secretary of the Navy Smith Thompson. Luckily for us the name never stuck. There you have it, knowing more about Key West’s prior name than you ever wanted to know.

Wow, seeing the postcard below, it’s hard to fathom that they almost said ‘Greetings From Thompson’s Island Florida, Southernmost City In The USA’. Hmmm, I like Key West better! 🙂

pic2

Leave a comment

Filed under key west

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s