"The attack on Indian Key" . In the humid stillness of the pre dawn hours of august 7, 1840 James Glass stepped out of his home in the for a night walk when he discovered a row of big empty dug out canoes down on the southern beach of The island . Moments later kaos erupted as the attack on Indian key began.... Indian key is one of the most haunted places in the Fl keys, the story tells of Housmans dramatic escape from the attack as he and his wife dashed out the back of their house as Indians crashed in the front. Running for the water in the middle of the night they ran bare foot over the knife sharp coral that rimmed the island . As they plunged into the water and crouched up to their necks their 2 dogs came rollicking in with them, barking loud and drawling attention. Quickly seizing their ears Housman held their heads under water until their muffled bubbles stopped . They then swam away to his ward and made it safely to the medium . The Indian key massacre story made the news through the United States appearing in news papers published in nearly every state of the union . Most of the 50-70 people living on the island escaped but 13 were killed during the attack . I kayak Indian key about twice a week and if you ever go to the island late at night you can hear the howls of the Indians through the wind and the barks of Housmans 2 dogs he sacrificed to save his life .