Canvas Tote- Sea Turtle and Fort Artwork, Dry Tortugas National Park
Turtles are everywhere in and around the Dry Tortugas National Park. Named “Las Tortugas” by Ponce de Leon, this scattering of small sand and coral islands approximately 70 miles west of Key West, Florida, is famous for the abundance of sea turtles that annually nest on them. Some say that sea turtles are today’s only living relics of the prehistoric past. Loggerhead, Hawksbill, and Green turtles sometimes are seen floating in the sea on the trip between Key West and the Dry Tortugas National Park.
Fort Jefferson National Monument was designated by President Franklin D. Roosevelt under the Antiquities Act on January 4, 1935. The monument was expanded in 1983 and re-designated as Dry Tortugas National Park on October 26, 1992, by an act of Congress.