• Purple, yellow, gold and orange sponges and soft corals wave against a turquioise sea.

    Biscayne

    National Park Florida

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Places

Montage of photos of Boca Chita Key, Spite Highway and Stiltsville; end images © Brian Call
 

The history of human endeavor at Biscayne is intimately tied to geography. With almost all of the park covered by water, people were literally and figuratively constrained by the sea. Some lived within those constraints. Most who spent any length of time here adapted to the often-difficult conditions. Others manipulated the land to suit their own needs, and as a result, thrived.

Though little tangible evidence remains from most of these "manipulators," what does remain offers an opportunity to travel back in time and become immersed in Biscayne's special places.

Did You Know?

The Sweeting Family

For 50 years, four generations of the Sweeting family thrived on Biscayne National Park's Elliott Key. Here they raised pineapples, salvaged wrecked ships, went to school, worshipped and played at the northern end of Florida's Keys.