Cudjoe Key
Geographic Location
Located on U.S. Highway 1, at approximately mile markers 20.5--23, between Summerland Key and Sugarloaf Key.
DeBrahm chart (1772) shows Littleton Island. Gerdes (1849) has Cudjoe's. The Bache Coast Survey of 1861 shows Cudjoe Key.
Scope Note
Possibly named for the Joewood tree (Jacquinia keyensis Mez) a native species which is also known as cudjoewood. A more likely derivation for the name is offered by writer John Viele of Summerland Key. He believes that Cudjoe, which is a very common West African name, was the name of a runaway or freed black who lived on the island at some point prior to Gerdes' survey in 1849. On this key is the site of a U.S. military missile tracking station built during the early 1960s
Historical name