The Republic of Concha is the name given to the Florida Keys in the United States, which arose as a way of protesting the region’s independence from the rest of the American Federation.
Over time the term has become commercialised, however, when this ‘new republic’ was created in 1982, the context of the region was contradictory, being similar to the liberation processes of other countries in the world.
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In 1982, the federal government decided to order the Border Patrol to seal off the Keys from the rest of the state. According to web portal ‘Konch Republic’, this is aimed at finding drug lords and distribution networks of illegal substances.
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Due to this, vehicles jammed for more than 27 kilometers. All of this was happening as officers searched car by car for people trying to bring drugs into the country of the stars and stripes.
These actions attracted national media attention, which focused their attention on a growing problem that led to the famous crackdown crisis of the 80sWhich was declared a ‘national security problem’ by Republican President Ronald Reagan.
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As rumors spread that the Florida Keys were a strategic entry point for drugs, tourists gradually left the area.
This worried the residents of the area, as tourism was a very important sector for their economy and many people made a living from it, so they did not take long to speak to the local authorities.
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Community leaders met with Key West Mayor Dennis Wardlow to find a solution to the problem. One of the first measures was to carry out a precautionary measure against the Border PatrolAccording to the ‘Tampa Bay Times’ newspaper, was produced before the federal court of Miami.
Said court refused to ban the territory from being treated as a foreign country. While leaving the courts, the media asked the mayor of Key West about his action, to which he replied: “Let’s go home and split up.”
Thus, on April 23, 1983, the flag of the Republic of Concha was raised under the command of Captain John Cross, who bound for war on the schooner Western Union (a sailing vessel with two or more masts) that same day. ,
let’s go home and part
The said vessel encountered the patrol boat Hard work With fritters, water balloons, and stale Cuban bread.
Hard workThe British, for their part, retaliated by throwing water on the schooner using fire hoses. This moment was immortalized by the Republic of Koncha as its freedom struggle.
The so-called Concha Republic did not emerge as a true independence movement to secede from the United States, but rather as a protest against the anti-drug operations being carried out in the areaWhich left Keys residents feeling left behind by the rest of the US Union, as explained by the region’s website in South Florida.
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Similarly, the schooner’s ‘attack’ on the frontier ship was never considered an enemy by the United States Coast Guard, it was merely a symbolic act representing the discomfort of its residents in the face of the policies presented there.
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The area’s pseudonym has served as a new empirical hook for tourists, as the area, through its web portal, has various souvenirs such as passports and vehicle license plates for sale.
This is done with the aim of giving the area an identity and creating curiosity among visitors about the history of this ‘nation’ in the south of the state of Florida.
Similarly, military positions on the Key West Boardwalk are changed annually so that visitors have the experience of visiting a sovereign country. It is done with the aim of emulating and honoring the activities done in the Great Naval Battle of 1982.
The experience has been very present in the residents. In fact, many proudly fly the republican flag in their homes, as a tribute to those who have raised their voices in the past and who have not allowed the federal government to ignore their opinions.