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Rumrunners being chased by U.S. patrol boat of the Florida coast: 1927

During Prohibition the East coast of Florida became known as “Rum Row”. Just 3 miles off shore was the boundary of U.S. and international waters, where ships full of illegal liquor would line up. The Coast Guard struggled to keep up with the amount of ships, and some even had 400-horsepower World War I airplane engines strapped to their stern

to outrun the law altogether!

This rum running along with local moonshining kept Florida well stocked through prohibition.  Enough spirits were produced or smuggled into Florida to fully stock the illegal speakeasies and saloons throughout the state. The ample supply of excess liquor was exported to major metropolitan areas in the north such as Chicago and Atlantic City by notorious

gangsters of the time

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