Conch Republic Dog
The Conch Republic was established by
secession of the Florida Keys from the United States of America, on
April 23rd, 1982 in response to a United States Border Patrol
Blockade setup on highway U.S.1 at Florida City just to the north of
the Florida Keys.
This heinous act effectively isolated Keys
Citizens from the U.S. mainland since the blockade was on our only
land artery to and from the mainland. This roadblock portrayed Keys
residents as non-U.S. citizens who had to prove their citizenship in
order to drive onto the Florida mainland! Hardly an American thing
We protested! A totally American
thing to do! Key West Mayor Wardlow along with a few other 'key'
Conchs, went to Federal court in Miami to seek an injunction to stop
the federal blockade, but to no avail. Upon leaving the Federal
Court House , on the court house steps , Mayor Wardlow announced to
the world, by way of the assembled TV crews and reporters, that ;
"Tomorrow at noon the Florida Keys will secede from the Union!"
At noon, on the day of secession, at Mallory Square in Key West Florida,
the Mayor read the proclamation of secession and proclaimed aloud that the
Conch Republic was an independent nation separate from the U.S. and then
symbolically began the Conch Republic's Civil Rebellion by breaking a loaf
of stale Cuban bread over the head of a man dressed in a U.S. Navy
uniform. After one minute of rebellion, the now Prime Minister Wardlow
turned to the Admiral in charge of the Navy Base at Key West, and
surrendered to the Union Forces, and demanded 1 Billion dollars in foreign
aid and War Relief to rebuild our nation after the long Federal siege!
Jeff couldn’t resist a great story. His is an archetypal Conch Republic
Citizen--riding his Conch Cruiser bike, wearing the flag, with a rooster
on his shoulder instead of the ubiquitous parrot—with Jeff’s typical
animal-human role reversal twist.
We have this Limited Edition of 250 Giclee
available on archival paper in the following sizes.
Small (image size
approx 8"x10" ) $400
Medium (approx. 18"x24")
Large (approx. 30"x40")
We also have:
Print to Canvas
Gallery on Greene (305)
Conch Republic Dog is available as an
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