Key West is a vibrant island, at the very end of the chain of islands referred to as the Florida Keys. It is a quirky home to 6 and 7-toed cats descended from Ernest Hemingway's beloved cat, Snowball, as well as it's human residents, Conchs. Tennessee Williams, Ernest Hemingway, and 6 presidents, including John F. Kennedy, were visitors or part time residents on the island.
In 1982, Key West briefly declared independence from the United States and became the Conch Republic. This was as a result of a Border Patrol Blockade.