The next stop on our Postcard Traveler journey to every county in the United States is Miami-Dade County Florida!
County Seat: Miami
Established in 1836
Formed from Monroe named Dade until 1997. Originally a larger county including land from other near counties.
*** The most populous county in Florida.
*** 7th most populous county in the United States!
*** 3rd largest Florida county in land area with 1946 square miles.
*** The school district is the 4th largest in the United States.
*** Miami International Airport is the 3rd largest port of entry in the U.S.
The western portion extends into the Everglades National Park which is only populated by a Miccosukee Tribal Village.
East of mainland in Biscayne Bay is Biscayne National Park and the Biscayne Bay Aquatic Preserves.
Earlier evidence of Native American settlement is about 12,000 years ago in Miami River area!
Tequesta Indians there when first Europeans came.
Juan Ponce de Leon was the first European to visit area in 1513 sailing into Biscayne Bay
This county was named after Major FrancisL. Dade a soldier killed in 1835 in Second Seminole War.
Hurricane Andrew was the costliest natural disaster to hit this area on August 24, 1992.
As of 2010, about 64% population spoke only Spanish at home.
AS of 2011 about 51% of Miami-Dade residents were foreign-born (including nationalized American citizens).
This and additional interesting info on this county can be found in Wikepedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Miami-Dade_County,_Florida
On November 13, 1997 the county name was changed to Miami-Dade.
The Florida Keys are a part of neighboring Monroe County but are only accessible through this Miami-Dade County.
Many call the port of Miami the Cruise Capital of the world.
The 2009 UBS study of 73 world cities ranked this city the richest city in the U.S.