Key WestKey West
- westernmost island of the Florida Keys: c. 4 mi (6.4 km) long
- seaport on this island: southernmost city in the continental U.S.
Origin of Key Westfrom Spanish Cayo Hueso, island of bones, from the human bones found there; also influenced, influence by folk etymology , because it is the farthest west
A city of extreme southern Florida on the island of Key West, the westernmost of the Florida Keys in the Gulf of Mexico. Named Cayo Hueso by Spanish explorers in 1513, it became a base for US naval operations against pirates in the 1800s and prospered through fishing and salvaging shipwrecks. In the 1870s, Key West became a center of the Cuban independence movement and has since been home to many artists and writers, notably Ernest Hemingway.x