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there by horse and carriage to the state capital. It took him so long to get to Tallahassee they nicknamed him the Ambassador from Key West. "Most Conchs," he concluded, "are still happy to stay right here and get along with one another." Himself a Conch, whose grandparents brought from the Bahamas their tradi tional fondness for conch chowder and for fritters made from the meat of the big mollusks, Mr. Lewin was talking only about Key West. But his explanation By JOHN SCOFIELD ASSOCIATE EDITOR Photographs by EMORY KRISTOF and BATES LITTLEHALES NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC PHOTOGRAPHERS World's longest ocean-going highway stitches island to island as it sweeps down "sunshine alley"-the Florida Keys. Here the ribbon of concrete links Pacet (right), Missouri, Ohio, and Bahia Honda. Thirty miles farther on, beyond cloud-canopied Big Pine, lies Key West. 3YEMORYKRISTOF() N.G.S .