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A Brief History of Fort Lauderdale

Fort Lauderdale is home to a fascinating past. Before the colonial settlers arrived in Broward County, the Tequesta Native American Tribe resided there for over a thousand years, as well as the Miccosukee Tribe, who had also migrated to the southern part of the Everglades. With Henry Flagler’s construction of the Florida East Coast Railroad in the 1890s, urban development began, and the city was formally incorporated in 1911. With a Naval Air Station and Coast Guard Base, Fort Lauderdale later prospered as a major military hub during World War II. Following the war, the city became a popular spring break location with college students in the 1950s. Throughout the 20th century, Fort Lauderdale continued to expand, with initiatives like the downtown Riverwalk Project in 1986. After years of growth, it has rapidly become the renowned yachting and tourism destination we know it as today.

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