miami It wasn’t long after Florida became the 27th state in the union that Miami began to emerge as a city. During the war, the U. S. created Fort Dallas on the north bank of a river that flowed through southern Florida. When the soldiers left, the fort became the base for a small village established by William H. English, who dubbed it Miami, from the Indian word Mayami, meaning big water.
In 1822, the Homestead Act offered 160 acres (64 hectares) of
free land to anyone who would stay on it for at least 5 years. Edmund Beasley bit, and in 1868 moved into what is now Coconut Grove. Two years later, William Brickell bought land on the south bank of the Miami River, and Ephraim Sturtevant took over the area called Biscayne...Read More