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Miami is a city of beauty and thriving diversity, its history is full of cultural significance. To start with, the Miami area and much of Florida was inhabited by the Native Tequesta Indians for a millennium, until claimed by Spain in the 1,500's. The Spanish built missions and fought and lost their battles here during the 2nd Seminole War.

In the early years this area was well known as the "Biscayne Bay Area" a lush wilderness and known to be "one of the finest building and farming sites in Florida." Due to the fact that during the Great Freeze in 1894 the only crops that survived were in Miami, a local citrus grower Julia Tuttle convinced a railroad tycoon to continue the Florida East Coast Railroad to Miami. In result of the new national railroad the future growth of the area Miami was then incorporated as a city in July of 1896. Miami is the only U.S. city incorporated by a woman.

In the 1920's-40's there was a strong land boom in the area until the 1926 hurricane and depression took it's toll. In later years Miami continued to grow with large population spikes. Such as, the Marine presence during WWII, Cubans fleeing to America after Fidel Castro's rise to power, and the "Flight to Paradise" of retired baby boomers.

Today Miami's importance as an international, financial and cultural center has elevated Miami to a World City. With having one of the largest and busiest ports in the US. The Port of Miami is often called "The Cruise Capitol of the World" and "The Gateway of the Americas." Yet, Miami has the smallest land area of any major U.S. city with 2,000,000 residents.

Miami is also the only major U.S. city that is bordered by 2 National Parks. The Everglades National park and The Biscayne National Park, parks full of native wildlife and adventure that brings people all over the world running to see these natural wonders.
Added to the beauty of Miami is its 3rd best ranking skyline in the United States, and now you know why they nicknamed it the "Magic City!"

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Julia Tuttle

Julia Tuttle
Julia Tuttle October 1848-September 1898 Well known as the mother of Miami she was one of the 1st early Miami area settlers and citrus growers. It was her that we find convinced a railroad tycoon Henry Flagler to continue his Florida East Coast Railroad to the area because of the forseable future American citrus industry. Miami was incorperated as a city soon after and Julia Tuttle is the only woman in U.S. history to be responsible for the incorporation of a city.

April 12, 2024

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