Dry TortugasDry Tor·tu·gas
group of small islands of Fla. in the Gulf of Mexico, west of Key West
Origin of Dry Tortugasorigin, originally , Tortugas from Sp, plural of tortuga, tortoise: so named by Ponce de León, discoverer, for the abundant turtles; sailors later called them dry because they lack fresh water
An island group of southern Florida west of Key West. Famed for their marine life, the islands were named Tortugas (“turtles”) by Juan Ponce de León in 1513.