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
Field crops: 700
Truck crops: 33,484
Groves (citrus) 13,920
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