The Florida Keys are
a narrow archipelago formed by ancient coral reefs and
surrounding ocean defines them and the people who live in the
Keys must tie their livelihood to the water in order to survive.
The Keys lie in
the shipping lanes between the Americas and Europe.Because of this, early explorers and merchants all sailed
through the Straits of Florida, just south of present-day Key
West, and many met their doom on the perilous reefs.