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This Abandoned Prison On A Tropical Island Will Make You Wish You Were Its Prisoner

This abandoned fortress housed prisoners during the Civil War.

Within the Dry Tortugas National Park in the lower Florida Keys, you can discover an abandoned fortress, which holds so much history. It is considered as America’s largest masonry structure – Fort Jefferson.

This fortress was built in 1846 by the U.S. army to help fight pirates sailing the Caribbean Sea. The brick-walled structure served as a refuge for officers and soldiers as well as their weapons and military warehouses. At one point, the fort reached its highest population of 1,729.

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The area was short of fresh water supply, which is why it’s called Dry Tortugas and as a result, the fortress walls were given innovative cistern systems. These eventually wore down.

During the Civil War, Fort Jefferson became home to prisoners or deserters.

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In 1867, several of these prisoners died from the Yellow Fever epidemic.

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One of its famous prisoners was Dr. Samuel Alexander, who was involved in the assassination of Abraham Lincoln. In 1888, the building was turned over to the Marine Hospital Service, which turned it into a quarantine station.

On January 4, 1935, President Franklin D. Roosevelt declared the area as a National Monument.

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By 1992, Dry Tortugas and Fort Jefferson became the National Park that it is today.

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You can even visit and tour the area.

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To get there, one will need to ride a ferry, private yachts or fly aboard chartered seaplanes.

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Fort Jefferson was built in 1846.

Fort Jefferson was built in 1846.

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It was built to protect the nation’s gateway to the Gulf of Mexico.

In 1935, President Franklin Roosevelt declared it as a National Monument.

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It used to house prisoners during Civil War.

It used to house prisoners during Civil War.

In 1888, it was turned into a quarantine station by the Marine Hospital Service.

A Yellow Fever outbreak killed several prisoners in the area.

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This picture gives you the feeling of creepiness of an abandoned place.

This picture gives you the feeling of creepiness of an abandoned place.

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But somehow you can’t deny the beauty it offers.

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Especially when you realize it’s surrounded by turquoise waters.

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Check out the video below and discover the wonderful secrets that this place holds.

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Paris’ Past and Present Meet In This Cool Photo Series by Julien Knez

This photographer’s work recently went viral online.

Julien Knez, a photographer from Paris, France, recently went viral online after his work received a lot of love from netizens across the world.

What makes Julien’s stuff interesting is how he incorporates old photos in them. They’re really fascinating! In a BoredPanda post, Julien said he “found photos of Paris taken between 1871 and 1968, and then photographed the same site from the same angle.”

He eventually published the awesome collection of old, new photos in a book entitled “Paris, Fenêtres sur l’Histoire” under the publisher Parigramme....

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Itching to travel anytime soon? You can start with any of these cheap travel destinations that surely won’t disappoint.

Let’s all face it. Traveling is expensive and when you happen to be on a budget but would still like to experience the wonders the world has to offer, Google is your best friend. Budget traveling is the buzzword these days. It’s getting to go to places you want to go to without having to sacrifice your life’s savings.

Luckily, there are a lot of countries and vacation destinations one can go to which are tourist and budget friendly. We bring you the 10 cheapest countries to go to, stat.

1. Nicaragua

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This Self-Sustaining Island Can Be Yours For $8.5 million

It’s back in the market again!

Do you happen to have enough moolah to buy your own island, just like Johnny Depp or Leonardo Di Caprio? Well, you might want to check out this 1.37-acre paradise in the Florida Keys, a self-sustaining property where you can chill like a true boss.

Located ¼ mile off the Atlantic shore of the city of Marathon, East Sister Rock Island has more than 5,000 square feet of living area. The Bahamian style-house has four bedrooms and three bathrooms, and sits on a coral reef, with a veranda that stretches to almost 3,000 square feet.

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