Indian Key, one of the upper keys off its southeast coast, crept into the history of Florida during the Seminole war when on August 7, 1840, it was attacked by Indians who killed the noted horticulturist and botanist Dr. Henry Perrine, resident of the island since December 1838. This event has been well covered by historical writers, but little is known of the situation at Indian Key prior to that time. An interesting account of conditions at Indian Key was published by the Charleston Mercury in 1833. The writer seems to have been a keen observer and it is believed that what he wrote is a fair picture. The account follows in his own words.
Davis, T. Frederick
"Pioneer Florida: Indian Key and Wrecking in 1833,"
Florida Historical Quarterly: Vol. 22:
2, Article 3.
Available at: https://stars.library.ucf.edu/fhq/vol22/iss2/3