from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • 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.


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  • Now, the evacuation order, again, does include even the Dry Tortugas, which is way down south, about 70 miles from the Key West, and beautiful Fort Jefferson, all of that area being evacuated as well.

    CNN Transcript Sep 19, 2005 2005

  • We had read about the Dry Tortugas, an old fort and natoinal park on a tiny island off the coast, with a smattering of camping spots.

    Talk about Travel Flight Crew 2010

  • The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on Wednesday expanded areas in the Gulf closed to fishing, with the most significant expansion in an area of southwest Florida covering waters just west of the Dry Tortugas islands.

    Slick Nears Florida Panhandle Beaches 2010

  • Make sure you check out the sunset at Mallory Square always interesting and yes Dry Tortugas is beautiful a must see.

    Changes in Attitude, Changes in Lattitude... Studio Marcy - Marcy Lamberson 2009

  • The Dry Tortugas is an isolated cluster of coral reefs and shoals.

    Everglades National Park, United States 2009

  • Sure, some Rebel malefactors, Senators Mallory and Yulee, Governor Allison, were locked up in Georgia; and the Andrew Johnson administration had Samuel Mudd, the doctor who had set the broken leg of John Wilkes Booth, incarcerated on the Dry Tortugas.

    Dream State Diane Roberts 2008

  • And as we get to 2: 00 a.m. on Tuesday, late last night early morning on Tuesday, winds of 65 miles per hour right near Key West to Dry Tortugas will be right about here at Fort Jefferson.

    CNN Transcript Aug 18, 2008 2008

  • Three of these eight ships wrecked in or near the Dry Tortugas.

    Treasure! de Brantigny........................ 2008

  • Three of these eight ships wrecked in or near the Dry Tortugas.

    Archive 2008-06-22 de Brantigny........................ 2008

  • It had no discernible eye but a wind of gust of 50kts was reported from Dry Tortugas.

    YTD Hurricane Activity « Climate Audit 2007


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