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Episode XIII - Jacob Housman

Episode XIII - Jacob Housman

On Indian Key, just off the Overseas Highway, there lies a fallen tombstone marking the open grave of Jacob Housman. Tremendously powerful and immensely corrupt, Housman built a wrecking empire on that small island in the 1830s. His personal rivalries and political machinations resulted in the creation of Dade County, which he ruled as his personal fiefdom until shortly before his death in 1841. After (literally) finding his fortune on the sharp reefs off the Florida Keys, Jacob would live to see it all burned away in the infamous Indian Key Massacre. Hated by many and loved by few, Housman leaves behind a rather mixed legacy. His deceits were made the stuff of legend after his death but at least one of his creations lives on. In this, our thirteenth episode, we discuss Jacob Housman's rise to power and spectacular fall from (dis)grace.

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