Be prepared to party by night, but don't forget to explore Key West's riveting history by day. Did you know that at the turn of the last Century, this spot on the map was the wealthiest city in America? Crazy, it seems, but absolutely true. The riches were accumulated by the legal business of "wrecking," which seems not much different than the less-accepted business of pirating, which the islands were also once famous for. Assets were harvested from the ships that, rather continuously, floundered on the treacherous coral reefs offshore. Of course the "wreckers" saved the people on board, making the practice seem almost heroic at the time. It's long been speculated, however, that the salvaged teams may have more than once lured the ships into the dangerous shoals. Grandsons of pirates, they were.