Friday, March 29, 2013

Conch Republic 5th World Nation Independence Celebration

If you can't make it to the Caribbean, head on down to the 5th World Nation of the Conch Republic!

The Conch Republic celebrates their Independence every year with a wild and crazy week long celebration. Check out the schedule

If you are not familiar with the "Conch Republic" - It 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 which isolated Florida Keys Citizens from the U.S. mainland. 

At that time the government was looking for drugs and illegals - anyone leaving or entering the Florida Keys were searched, along with proving citizenship before being allowed to continue their travels. During the blockade there were massive traffic jams, and lots of $$'s were lost from tourism. 

Key West, Florida officials were furious as their demands to Washington went unanswered. By the time the roadblock was removed, the Conch Republic had declared itself the world's first "Fifth World" nation by flying it's own flag, and even issued passports and visa's. 

Since the U.S. government never legally addressed the claim of independence, Keys residents are now dual citizens. Non-residents can purchase a Conch Republic passport for $100.  

Can you travel on the passport? 

According to the Conch Republic website, the Secretary General of the Conch Republic has been received by 13 Caribbean countries traveling solely on a Conch Republic Diplomatic Passport. The site also states that citizens and diplomats using the Conch passport have been received by Sweden, Russia, France, Spain, Monaco, Ireland, Mexico, Ecuador, the United States, and many other countries. 

When you have a few minutes, it's worth reading about the Conch Republic delegation to the "Summit of the Americas" when Clinton was President -

Happy Travels,
Travel 2 the Caribbean

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