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Facts About Miami

MiamiThe history of Miami dates back to ancient times when Native American tribes lived in Florida. One tribe called the Mayaimis remained in the city until the late 18th century. When Miami officially became a city in 1896, the town founders used Miami to honor those originally citizens. Unfortunately, those settlers did not realize that swamps overran the city. It wasn’t until the early 1920s that they finally found a way to drain the swamps and create the city. Julia Tuttle helped settle the city, making Miami one of the only cities in the country with a female founder.

While many people view Miami as a hip city with a thriving nightlife, the city is also home to several outdoor recreational areas. Biscayne National Park and Everglades National Park border the edges of the city, and the Everglades National Park is the only active and thriving ecosystem of its type in the country. Those recreational areas helped Miami earn the nickname as the Cleanest City in the Country.

Some people travel to Miami for the shipwrecks and buried treasure. Blackbeard, Lafitte and several other pirates supposedly buried treasure on the shore, and several notable shipwrecks occurred right off the beach. This helped Miami become known as the Wreck Diving Capital of the Americas. Even today, some diving enthusiasts find hidden caches of treasure in the water.

Though Miami changed since its original days, it still retains some of its earliest laws. One humorous law prohibits the buying or selling of hot dog stands. The law states that those who violate the law must pay a fine and spend 30 days in jail. That same sentence comes about for those caught on the sidewalks selling citrus fruits like oranges. Another funny law on the book says that men cannot wear strapless gowns, while another requires all citizens to get a permit from the government before installing a burglar alarm.

The beautiful beaches of Miami make it the perfect setting for a large number of films. The iconic character James Bond used Miami in the films Casino Royale, Goldfinger and Thunderball. Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, Reno 911!: Miami, Red Eye, Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay, Any Given Sunday, Wild Things and The Bodyguard all filmed scenes in the city.

The city of Miami is also home to some famous firsts. It was the first city in the country with ATMs designed for people wearing rollerblades, and it was where a man named Benjamin Green invented sunscreen. Some of the most famous faces in the world also got their starts in Miami. Actors David Caruso, Eva Mendes, Dwayne Johnson, Garcelle Beauvais, Barry Gibb and Andy Garcia all hail from Miami.