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Historic hospital, cemetery discovered on submerged island at Dry Tortugas NP

A chapter of 19th century history at Dry Tortugas National Park has been discovered underwater on a submerged island near Garden Key that once housed a quarantine hospital and cemetery.

While only one grave has been identified so far, historical records indicate that dozens of people, mostly U.S. soldiers stationed at Fort Jefferson, may have been buried there, park staff said in a release. The small quarantine hospital was used to treat yellow fever patients at the fort between 1890 and 1900. The cemetery has been identified as the Fort Jefferson Post Cemetery.

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