YouTube Video: Margaritaville Cuts Loose

conch 04On this day in 1982, the people of Key West, political leaders and merchants, tour operators and Mallory Square layabouts, frustrated with a U.S. Border Patrol checkpoint at the Monroe County line, decided to secede and brought forth a new nation, the Conch Republic, conceived in liberty and dedicated to the proposition that all men and women are created equally enamored of sandy beaches and mixed drinks with colorful umbrellas in them.

Today the Wolfson Archive’s YouTube channel salutes the Conch Republic with historic news video from 1982, recording the roadblock that started a revolution, the Republic’s declaration of independence, and the notably laid-back aftermath. Watch it here.

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