Miami-Dade County

DADE COUNTY. County Seat, MIAMI.
Historical Events - Created in 1836 from part of Monroe County. This section was visited by the Spanish in the sixteenth century but the first white settlement was about 1808. These settlers were molested by Indians during the Seminole War and had to take refuge in Ft. Dallas, whose site is now in down-town Miami. During the past half century the population of this section has grown tremendously.
Indian Massacre of white settlers of Indian Key, August 7, 1840.
First passenger train ran into Miami, April 15, 1896.

Population: 267,390 (as of 1944)
Total acreage: 1,392,640
Number of farms: 2,059
Acreage in farms: 90,222
Acreage cultivated:
Field crops: 700
Truck crops: 33,484
Groves (citrus) 13,920
Tractors: 522
Trucks: 11,253
Automobiles: 84,123
Fifty-three different crops are grown commercially.
The leading agricultural sources of revenue: Tomatoes, Irish potatoes, cabbage, carrots, string beans, strawberries, citrus, avocados, papayas, dairying, poultry and eggs.
Leading industries: Breweries, sheet metal works, mattress manufacturing, furniture manufacturing, fertilizer manufacturing, machine shop, plumbing plants, sheet metal works, canneries, sign manufacturing.
The most of Dade County is located in the Everglades. Miami is located on Biscayne Bay. Airway service extends from this city to Latin America.
[Source: "Know your State", Tallahassee: State of Florida, Dept. of Agriculture, N. Mayo, commissioner., 1944


History Topics


Fort Dallas

Camping and Cruising in Florida
An account of two winters in southern Florida, c. 1878


Real Estate Boom Times of the 1920's
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Reminscences of A.J. Manning

Excerpts from

"
Miami and Dade County, Florida"

Its Settlement, Progress and Achievement
By E. V. Blackman -- President of the Dade County Historical Society
Victor Rainbolt, Washington D.C., 1921

Contents:
EARLY HISTORY
-- ORIGINAL DADE COUNTY - EARLY SETTLERS - THE SEMINOLE INDIANS
THE CITY OF MIAMI, THE FIRST AWAKENING -- MAYORS OF MIAMI -- MIAMI EARLY SETTLERS
EARLY BUILDINGS -- MIAMI TODAY (in 1921) -- CHURCHES -- DADE COUNTY SCHOOLS


Excerpts from the 1925 book
"Historical sketches and sidelights of Miami, Florida"
Pioneers -- Pioneer Merchants -- Pioneer Banks and Bankers



Hurricane of 1926


Newspaper Articles:
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The Florida East Coast Railroad --
-- Japanese Village in Miami --
-- Naranja in 1907 --


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