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Keys History & Discovery Center Exhibits Available to Loan
History of Farming Pineapples, Hurricanes and Flagler’s Over-sea Railway
The sweet-tasting pineapple has a history that goes back to 1493 when Christopher Columbus first brought the exotic fruit to the New World. Fast-forward 400 years to the Florida Keys where the pineapple was the primary cash crop, growing commercially in the Upper Keys.
Over the course of nearly six decades, pineapple growing proved to be a lucrative business. Though profitable, pineapple farming would ultimately be compromised by a series of hurricanes that struck the island chain between 1906 and 1910. Henry Flagler’s Over-Sea Railway would also prove a factor. To learn more about the history of pineapple farming, the families who grew them and how to grow your own pineapple plant, schedule this unique and educational exhibit in your museum, library or community center. Please contact Curator Brad Bertelli at firstname.lastname@example.org for exhibit specifications and more information.