Dry Tortugas


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Acadia NP SE Maine 1919 48,419 (19,603) Mountain and coast scenery.
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Dry Tortugas

(tôrto͞o`gəz), island group in the Gulf of Mexico, off S Fla., 60 mi (97 km) W of Key West. Named by the Spanish explorer Ponce de LeónPonce de León, Juan
, c.1460–1521, Spanish explorer, first Westerner to reach Florida. He served against the Moors of Granada, and in 1493 he accompanied Columbus on his second voyage to America.
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 in 1513, the islands later became a pirate base. They are famous for their bird and marine life. Loggerhead Key is the largest island. Centered on Garden Key is Dry Tortugas National Park (64,701 acres/26,195 hectares). The park caontains Fort Jefferson (1846), the largest all-masonry fort in the Western Hemisphere, which served as a prison until 1874. Designated Fort Jefferson National Monument in 1935, it was renamed and became a national park in 1992. See National Parks and MonumentsNational Parks and Monuments

National Parks
Name Type1 Location Year authorized Size
acres (hectares)
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Acadia NP SE Maine 1919 48,419 (19,603) Mountain and coast scenery.
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 (table). The island group is also known as Tortugas.
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It should take about 10 days for any oil to travel almost 450 miles to the vicinity of the Dry Tortugas, according to NOAA oceanographers.
While most tourists make day trips to Dry Tortugas on pricey sea planes or speedy tour boats, the Park Service relies on the services of the MV Fort Jefferson, a $2.
And at Biscayne National Park and Dry Tortugas National Park, visitors can experience the wonders of South Florida's underwater world.
com/) announced today that the company is moving the award-winning liveaboard scuba diving boat MV Spree to the Dry Tortugas in the Florida Keys for full-time operation based out of Key West beginning May 2009.
It's a wild time under water," says Matt Patterson, a Park Service ecologist who witnessed coral spawning in 1996 while diving in Dry Tortugas National Park in Florida.
Portions of Everglades National Park are open while Fort Jefferson, in the Dry Tortugas National Park west of Key West, is scheduled to reopen to visitors Saturday.
Everglades and Dry Tortugas national parks and Big Cypress National Preserve, all designated by the American Bird Conservancy as Globally Important Bird Areas, provide excitement for novice or experienced birders.
A hurricane watch has been issued for the Florida Keys from Dry Tortugas to Craig Key as Tropical Storm Charley is expected to reach hurricane strength over the next day or so.
Fort Jefferson in the Dry Tortugas National Park is closed until further notice.
Sixty-eight miles west of Key West in the Dry Tortugas is a 46-square-mile expanse of marine waters called the Research Natural Area (RNA).
Nearly half of Dry Tortugas National Park in Florida will soon be protected as a research area.
recovered in 1989 and 1990 approximately 17,000 artifacts including, but not limited to, gold bars, pearls, silver coins and clay olive jars from a Spanish shipwreck that sunk in the waters off the Dry Tortugas Islands in 1622.