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Miami, the largest metro city in the U.S. state of Florida, nicknamed the “Capital of Latin America”, covers an area of 56 square miles and is the seventh-largest city in the U.S.A by population. It is a major financial, commerce, and cultural centre.
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HISTORICAL SIGNIFICANCE OF MIAMI
- Miami’s history dates back thousands of years with the Tequesta Native American tribe occupying the area of present-day Miami.
- By the mid-1700s, it is believed that the entire tribe, consisting of hundreds of people, emigrated to neighbouring Cuba.
- The area that is now Miami was claimed for Spain by admiral Pedro Menendez de Aviles (who would later become Florida’s first governor).
- Spain ceded Florida to the United States in 1821, and in 1836 Fort Dallas was built on the Miami River in an attempt to remove the Seminoles, a Native American people who originally lived in Florida (who now mainly live in Oklahoma).
- It is worth mentioning that Miami is the only major city in the United States that was founded by a woman – her name was Julia Tuttle, who was the original owner of the land that Miami was built on; she convinced Henry Flagler (an American industrialist and railway founder) to extend his Florida East Coast Railway to the region.
- By the late 19th century, the area that is now Miami (then called “Biscayne Bay Country”) was touted as being one of the finest building sites in Florida.
- During the early 20th century, Miami was developed largely due to African-American laborers from the Bahamas. It was recorded that during this time, 40% of the city’s population were African-American.
- Although Miami prospered in the 1920s and was largely thanks to African-American laborers, it was riddled with racism.
- By the 1930s, development slowed, and when the Second World War began, Miami became a U.S. defense base against German submarines.
- With the rise of Fidel Castro in Cuba after the revolution in 1959, many Cubans fled to Miami.
- The 1980s and 1990s were turbulent for Miami due to its increased drug wars and hurricane devastation, but into the 21st century, it has begun prospering once again.
GEOGRAPHY AND CLIMATE OF MIAMI
- Miami is bordered on both sides by the Everglades to the west and Biscayne Bay to the east.
- Miami sits atop a layer of bedrock (Miami limestone) which formed as a result of sea level changes after the Wisconsinan glaciation 100,000 years ago.
- Miami has a tropical monsoon climate with high humidity with frequent rain storms in the summer.
- Hurricane season runs from June to November, but is ripe for hurricanes between August and September.
- Home to beautiful gardens and parks, Miami is home to savannas, grassy swamps, and salt marshes, where visitors can see iconic animals such as the Florida panther, the American crocodile, bottlenose dolphins, and the Florida black bear.
- The Miami mainland is just above sea level, which makes harsh weather-related events more concerning for people who live there, as they are at a higher risk of having their homes flooded.
- About 40% of homes in Miami are considered as flood-risk zones.
CULTURE AND ECONOMY OF MIAMI
- Miami’s demographics indicate that nearly ¾ of the population are White American (including White Hispanic), and nearly 20% African-American; about 35% of residents are of Cuban descent.
- Miami is a popular tourist destination due to its hot tropical climate, and also serves as a major port for cruise ships.
- Popular T.V. production centres are located in Miami, including popular Hispanic television networks.
- Miami is also home to Port Miami, the National Hurricane Centre, and the world-famous South Beach.
- Known for its cultural diversity and vibrant nightlife, Miami has also been portrayed as a hip, eclectic destination in dozens of movies and T.V shows, including Miami Vice, Dexter, and Scarface, and the video game Grand Theft Auto: Vice City.
- Miami is home to five main sports teams.
- Tourism is one of Miami’s largest private-sector industries largely due to its frequent portrayal in movies, T.V shows, and popular culture in general.
- Some of the most popular destinations to visit in Miami are South Beach, Downtown Miami, the Bayside Marketplace, and the Art Deco District.
- Cuisine in Miami is reflective of its heavy influence from Caribbean and Latin American culture; popular dishes include Cuban sandwiches, croquetas, and the Cuban espresso.
This is a fantastic bundle which includes everything you need to know about the Miami across 22 in-depth pages. These are ready-to-use Miami worksheets that are perfect for teaching students about the Miami, the largest metro city in the U.S. state of Florida, nicknamed the “Capital of Latin America”, which covers an area of 56 square miles and is the seventh-largest city in the U.S.A by population. It is a major financial, commerce, and cultural centre.
Complete List Of Included Worksheets
- Miami Facts
- The Second Seminole War
- A Step Back in Time
- Miami Crossword
- Sports Collage
- Hurricane Andrew
- Miami Wordsearch
- The Florida Manatee
- See, Think, Wonder
- Miami Acrostic
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