Egmont Key provided shelter against Confederates in Civil War

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Egmont Key during the Civil War Illustration courtesy of the Florida Memory Project

By Krystin Miner

Florida was the third state to secede from the United States and join the Confederacy. It was also one of the pivotal states when it came to the blockade, which intended to keep the South isolated from trade with foreign allies and make supplying its army more difficult. With expansive coastlines and plenty of hidden inlets, it is no wonder that the Union forces struggled at times to maintain the blockade. This is one of the many reasons why Egmont Key is significant.

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