Historic Facts

I love discovering the history of homes, neighborhoods and cities. Ft Lauderdale as an incorporated city is young but the history of the area goes way beyond that. A great resource for historical facts about Ft Lauderdale is The Ft Lauderdale Historical Society. Below for your enjoyment are some Historical Facts they list about Ft Lauderdale and Broward County. To learn more about Ft Lauderdale enjoy this breif video presented by the Historical Society.The History of Ft Lauderdale

History 3starfish icon Fort Lauderdale is known as the “Venice of America” for its extensive system of waterways, including the New River, Intracoastal Waterway and a large number of canals.

starfish icon The City of Fort Lauderdale, now the county seat of Broward County, was incorporated on March 27, 1911.

starfish icon What’s so “new” about the New River? Nothing, really; the New River got its name as the result of an old legend that the river had come into existence overnight. A 1631 Spanish map of the area labels the waterway R. Novo (Latin for New River). Science has disproved the myth of the river’s mysterious origins, but the name has stuck.

starfish icon This area was home to a series of three U.S. military sites named “Fort Lauderdale.” The first was established in 1838 during the Second Seminole War. The forts took their name from Major William Lauderdale, who was the commander of the detachment of soldiers who built the first fort.

History 2starfish icon On December 19, 1939, the British cruiser Orion chased the German freighter Arauca into Port Everglades, where she remained until 1941 when seized by the United States. The closest the area came to combat was in the week beginning May 4, 1942, when German submarines off southeast Florida torpedoed seven ships, one of which limped into Port Everglades.

starfish icon Snow fell on Fort Lauderdale in 1977, the first time in recorded meteorological history.

starfish icon The 1980 U.S. census reports more than 1 million people living in Broward County, with half the population living west of State Road 7 on land that was once under water.

History 1starfish icon The Florida East Coast Railway gradually extended along the entire east coast of Florida, providing rapid transportation from all parts of the nation to south Florida. The first passenger train arrived in Fort Lauderdale on February 22, 1896.

starfish icon Fort Lauderdale Beach became ground zero for the college spring break craze in 1961, a direct result of the hit movie Where the Boys Are, starring singer Connie Francis, which debuted at the Gateway Theater in December 1960. Fort Lauderdale remained a major destination for college spring breakers until the mid-1980s.

starfish icon Broward County was created out of parts of Dade and Palm Beach counties in 1915. It was named for Florida Governor Napoleon Bonaparte Broward, who pledged to drain the Everglades for development.

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