It begins more than 10,000 years ago when the Paleo-Indians settled along the edge of south Biscayne Bay. Many years later, Tequesta Indians entered the area that stretched from the Florida Keys to Broward County.
At the time of Spanish expedition in 1513, like all other native inhabitants of Florida the life of the Tequesta’s changed thoroughly. They became victims of disease and war and like other native populations they eventually vanished 250 years after the Spanish entrada.
In the beginning of 1565, Spain exercised control over Florida for nearly 250 years. And then later on in 1821 Spain sold Florida to the United States for five million dollars in Spanish damage claims against the American government.
The First Seminole War was fought in several parts of northern Florida in 1818. The conflict detonated when United States tried to relocate the Seminole Indians west of the Mississippi River. The Second Seminole War led to a quick depopulation of Miami and other parts in the south-east of Florida. The Third Seminole War started in 1855 and continued for 3 years. This final War discouraged a lot of settlement in Miami, Florida.
Due to this factor very few people resided in Miami but slowly things changed and small communities arose alongside the Biscayne Bay. The great industrialist Henry M. Flagler met with Julia Tuttle and agreed to extend his railway to Miami and laid the foundations for a city on both the sides of the Miami River. He built a royal and a luxurious hotel near the Biscayne Bay.
In the mid 1920’s Miami experienced a huge change as a number of people died in Miami and Dade County and thousands of homes perished when hurricane winds of 125 miles per hour blew in to the area. The city saw a major economic slump for three years before the Great Depression that struck the entire America.
With the start of World War 2 the economy of Miami rose significantly. A large army training base was opened in Miami and thousands of soldiers were trained there. With the end of the World War came the veterans who had developed a fondness for Miami and took the place as their permanent residing place.
Now Miami is the center of many multinational corporations like Disney, Burger King, Sony, FedEx, American Airlines etc. The Miami port and airport are one of the busiest points of entry into the U.S. With the Free Trade Area of Americas hosting in its downtown area, Miami is considered to have a reasonable chance that it might become a trading hub.H