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The Reign of Spanish Marie
1903-Present

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Spanish Mary born

Spain 1903

This is the time of the infamous Water Riots.

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Prohibition

1920

American politicians criminalize alcohol and begin the so-called " Noble Experiment",  in so doing kick off the infamous Roaring 1920's

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Spanish Marie
gets Boat

1924

With husband. Reported in 1924

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Dance Studio

Mid-1920's

Marie and husband open Miami Academy  of Dance. After all, it is the Roaring 20's.

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Crime Spree

Key West to Miami

Spanish Marie infamously used secret codes broadcast on new technology called "radio".

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Headlines

1927

Tragedy as Marie's husband is said to have been killed. His body is never recovered.
And the boat is mysteriously burnt.

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Widow

1928

The battle for Marie and her husband's estate becomes talk of the town.

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Syndicated News

1929

"The Fall of Spanish Marie" is carried by nearly every newspaper in the US.

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Snared!

1930

G-Men discover there was never a fall. Spanish Marie is still in action.

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Back in Action

1931

At 28, Spanish Marie is in full swing.
New husband, same game.

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Repeal

1934

In the US, repeal happened in 1933.
In Florida, it took a vote in November 1934.

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Key West First Legal Rum

There has never been a legal rum distillery in Key West…

Until today.

 

Key West
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Since 2012.

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