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Palm Beach Travel Guide

City of Palm Beach



Before Florida formed like a territory of the U.S in 1821, the country was generally uninhabitable. Seminole Indians were its prominent residents, surviving in harmony with the wilderness and its natural resources. Few white settlers had succeeded in taming the harshness of the land. Those who did were either cattle ranchers or farmers. The Civil War played a principal part in the territory's development. Beef, pork, corn, and molasses were supplied to the southern armies, though union troops often blockaded routes. A series of Seminole Indian Wars were another challenge to new settlers attempting to establish homesteads.

After the Civil War, there started an unparalleled growth in American technology. Until the collapse of the stock market in 1929, this period saw the rise of industrial expansion that contained railroads, automobiles, and oil production. It created a social class of such enormous wealth that is, even today, beyond our ability to comprehend. This was called the “Gilded Age”.

Palm Beach is a city situated in Palm Beach County, Florida, 65 miles north of Miami. The Intracoastal Waterway divides it from the neighbouring cities of West Palm Beach and Lake Worth. Palm Beach was constituted like a resort by Henry Flagler, a founder of Standard Oil, who made the Atlantic coast barrier island accessible via his Florida East Coast Railway. The nucleus of Palm Beach was established by Flagler's two luxury resort hotels, the Royal Poinciana Hotel and The Breakers Hotel. West Palm Beach was built across Lake Worth as a service town, and has become a major city in its own right.

According to 2000 census, Palm Beach possessed a year-round population of 10,468, with an estimated seasonal population of 30,000. In 2004, the year-round population recorded by the U.S. Census Bureau is 9,860. Palm Beach is situated on a sixteen-mile-long barrier island, centered at 26°42'54?N, 80°2'22?W.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city possesses a total area of 27.0 km˛ (10.4 mi˛). 10.2 km˛ (3.9 mi˛) of it is land and 16.9 km˛ (6.5 mi˛) of it is water. The full area is 62.45% water.






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