Fort Lauderdalecityseat of Broward county, southeastern FloridaU. It lies along the Atlantic Ocean at the mouth of the New Riverabout 25 miles 40 km north of Miami.
The area was originally inhabited by Tequesta Indians, although they were gone when the first recorded settlers arrived about A fort, built there in during the Seminole Wars and named for its commander, Major William Lauderdale, gave its name to the town, which was not permanently settled until about The city was laid out inand the following year the Florida East Coast Railway came through. The city developed as a shipping and commercial centre and residential resort. Port Everglades is a port of entry and ranks with the ports at Jacksonville and Tampa in volume of cargo handled.
Fort Lauderdale itself is interlaced with recreational waterways and has extensive boating facilities, which have given rise to a busy marine industry. Attractions in the city and nearby communities include museums of art, science, and archaeology; Flamingo Gardens, a botanical garden and aviary; the International Swimming Hall of Fame; Bonnet House c.
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The Everglades area is a short distance to the west. The First Seminole War —18 began over attempts by U. History at your fingertips.
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