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Bahia Honda Key
Geographic Location
Located on U.S. Highway 1, at approximately mile markers 36--38.5, between Ohio Key and the Spanish Harbor Keys.
The Derrotero of a 1595 Spanish mapping expedition to the keys uses Vaya Honda. The 1743 chart drawn by father AlaƱa uses Baia Onda. William Roberts, in his "First Discovery and Natural History of Florida" (1763) uses Bahia Honda. The chart drawn by Juan Elixio de la Puente in 1765 shows Cayo de Bayahonda. Rice Island on DeBrahm chart (1772) Cabbage Island on Gauld chart (1775) Log of the U.S. Revenue Cutter Marion (1832) has Key of Honda. J.W. Norie, in his "Piloting Directions for the Gulf of Florida, the Bahama Banks & Islands" (1828) states: "And a large island on the east side, a mile long, with a sandy beach, remarkable for a number of tall palmetto cabbage-trees, the first of the kind you fall in with coming from the westward this island is therefore called Cabbage-Tree Island". Cabbage Tree Island on Blunt chart (1846). Gerdes, In his Reconnaissance of the "Florida Reefs and All The Keys" (1849) states: "The large Id. called on the chart Cabbage Tree Island is the Bahia Honda Key."
Scope Note
Bahia Honda - SP. "Deep Bay" In 1908, the Florida East Coast Railway Company built two large two-story dormitories here to house workers building the Bahia Honda Bridge.
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