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Fort Lauderdale City

The first dwellers of the land were Seminole Indians who came in the 18th century. Through the Second Seminole War, Major William Lauderdale led his Tennessee Volunteers into the area and constructed New River Fort on the site of the modern city in 1838. In 1893, a young Ohioan called as Frank Stranahan arrived and built a house that ran as the first trading post, post office, bank and town hall of the area. The house was built almost the site of the New River Fort and still stands today like a museum, Stranahan House.

Fort Lauderdale was formally incorporated like a city in 1911, and became the seat of newly defined Broward County. It began as a predominantly agricultural community of dairy farms and citrus groves.

Fort Lauderdale is known for its several beaches, bars, yachts, night clubs, and downtown arts and sciences. The population of city is represented as metropolitan, where various cultures are commonplace, According to the 2004 United States. Census Bureau's Estimates, the city possesses a population of 164,578. Annexation of unincorporated areas in 2005 has boosted the city population to 170,823. It is the county seat of Broward County, and forms a part of the South Florida metropolitan area.

Fort Lauderdale is situated at 26°08'09?N, 80°08'31?W. Fort Lauderdale beach sunrise According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a full area of 93.3 km˛ (36.0 mi˛). 82.2 km˛ (31.7 mi˛) of it is land and 11.1 km˛ (4.3 mi˛) of it (11.91%) is water. Fort Lauderdale is known for its extensive network of canals, and is an especially famous destination for fishing and yachting.

Economy of Fort Lauderdale is hard dependent on tourism. On the 1970s, the city was known as a spring break destination for college students. The tourist dollars are largely directed toward cruise ships and the array of nautical recreation. Fort Lauderdale now attracts a more sophisticated and affluent tourist, however it still continues a famous spring break destination for college students.

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