A hundred years ago the United States was suffering frequent growing pains. The Louisiana and Florida cessions had uncorked the Mississippi, and the hardy pioneers of its valley were floating tons of produce down-river to New Orleans. From that growing port Yankee merchantman, flying Dutchman, and British brig edged out into the Gulf Stream and headed for the narrow mouth of the Gulf where they swept through the Straits past Tortugas with the Havannah to starboard, and the two scarce thirty leagues apart.
"The Gibraltar of the Gulf of Mexico,"
Florida Historical Quarterly: Vol. 21
, Article 4.
Available at: https://stars.library.ucf.edu/fhq/vol21/iss4/4