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Miami city overview
Miami, Florida is a major port city in south Florida and is the second largest city in the state. With a population of over 5.5 million, the region that includes Florida is the fourth largest in the United States.
Brief history of Miami
Miami has been inhabited for thousands of years with the Tequestas people being one of the latter cultures that called it home. The Biscayne Bay Country area was claimed for Spain in 1566 and settled in 1567 when a mission was built. Florida changed hands between the Spanish and British before finally being ceded to the United States in 1821.
The construction of Ford Dallas in the area helped suppress the Seminole people before the city really began. Biscayne Bay Country was used to grow fruit as part of British development and Julia Tuttle, one grower convinced railroad tycoon Henry Flagler to bring the Florida East Coast Railway to her area to help ship her fruit. The region, by the Mayami River was named Miami.
Migrant labor formed a large part of the early population working in the fields. Tourism soon began to take hold as people from the north of the country moved south for the winter. Growth was slow for Miami, despite a thriving agricultural economy. The Great Depression didn’t help either.
The population remains mixed, with Cubans, people from the Caribbean, Latin Americans and other populations moving to the city in search of work.
Doing business in Miami
Miami has a very diverse economic base with tourism, business and media being big players. Despite its tough start, modern Miami is now rated as the 20th city in the world for productivity and 11th the US.
The Port of Miami is one of the country’s busiest ports and serves South America and the Caribbean. It is also the world’s busiest port for cruise liners. Approximately 40 million visitors per year visit the city to help support a very lively tourism industry.
It isn’t all about leisure and travel though, some major businesses headquarter themselves in Miami, including some major media and television companies, big banks, shipping and cruising companies, lots of energy and travel companies and some huger household names such as UniMÁS, Telemundo, Univision, U.S. Century Bank, Vector Group, Espírito Santo Financial Group, Fizber.com, Greenberg Traurig, Holland & Knight, Inktel Direct and many others.
Miami city character
Miami has a large Cuban and Latin American population which has heavily influenced the city’s character. English is still the official language but you will hear lots of languages as you travel around the city. Mainly Spanish, but Creole also features.
Latin American music, culture and way of life permeates wider than the streets and offers an opportunity to immerse yourself in a culture rich with color, music and charisma. There is a huge emphasis on music, art, performance and media in the city, with the country’s largest Spanish-speaking TV networks being based here.
Some of the neighborhoods that make up Miami include; Downtown Miami, Brickell, Virginia Key, Watson Island, Coral Way, The Roads, Little Havana, West Flagler, and Flagami and Coconut Grove.