According to the Fort Lauderdale Historical Society, the first people in this area were Native Americans. The Tequesta lived on what is now called Broward County and they hunted fish, birds, turtles and shellfish. In 1564 Pedro Menendez de Aviles commanded an expedition from Spain that sailed into New River (now known as the Miami River). He named it Rio de la Pascua Florida which can be translated as “River of Easter,” after sighting flowers along its banks during his voyage down south.
It was not until 1763 when a British pirate used present day Fort Lauderdale for sheltering pirates’ ships while raiding Spanish galleons full of gold going back to Europe from Cuba through what would later become known as the Windward Passage. Fort Lauderdale was first settled by Europeans in 1849 when a group of men from the U.S., Mexico, and Cuba came together to build a fort named Caloosa de Florida for protection against Seminole Indians who were planning an attack on nearby Lake Okeechobee (Fort Capron). In 1894 Henry Flagler began building his railroad system which included stops along South Florida’s coast including Fort Lauderdale, where he built not only stations but also hotels that catered specifically to tourists like himself. Two years later William S Purdy founded the town south of the tracks and named it after his original hometown across the Atlantic:
The city continued growing slowly until World War I when its population doubled with the construction of a Navy base. The city’s population quadrupled during the great Florida land boom in the 1920s and continued growing throughout the 1930s as part of an increase in people moving to northern states because they were looking for work. After World War II, Fort Lauderdale became known as “the Venice of America” with its elaborate canal system that opened up into various small lakes. In 1959 it was incorporated as a city within Broward County which is when tourism started booming again due to new highways being built between major cities like Miami, Daytona Beach and Palm Beach making access easier than ever before (Stern).
In the 2000’s Fort Lauderdale has become a popular gay tourist destination due to its “large gay and lesbian community.” It is also known for being the home of Mango’s Tropical Cafe, which hosts many concerts by various artists.
Additionally, Fort Lauderdale has a large boating scene, with more than half of its population owning boats. This makes it the perfect spot for sailing and cruising (Stern).
Currently there are dozens of condo buildings being built near the beach in order to accommodate the growing number of people who want to live here year-round after retiring or otherwise leaving their current homes elsewhere in Florida (Levingston).
Fort Lauderdale FL is known as one of America’s favorite vacation spots because it not only offers beautiful beaches but also many opportunities for outdoor activities like kayaking, kiteboarding, fishing and sunbathing along with plenty of shopping options throughout all four seasons .