Fort Lauderdale is also called ‘’Venice of America” because of its expansive canal system.The city is named after three  forts that were built during the Second Seminole War .They took their name from Major William Lauderdale ,who was the commander of soldiers who built the first fort ( was the fort of the New River).The city sits 23 miles North of Miami and began its population growth after Florida’s Land boom in the 1920’s . As of 2011 census,the city had a population of over 168 thousand.It is popular tourist destination with over 10 million visitors each year.The city is a major yachting center with 42,000 resident yachts and it offers many off shore fishing opportunities.

Originally,Fort Lauderdale was inhabited by the Tequesta Indians.By 1763 only a few were left in Florida and most of them were evacuated to Cuba .The area of the city was known as the „the New River Settlement” .During WWII Fort Lauderdale was established navy base to train pilots ,radar pilots,fire control operators.A Coast Guard base at Port Everglades was also formed.After WWII  city population grew in numbers and became a popular tourist destination.After 1970’s the city experienced shift of population to surburbs to the West .Coral Springs,Miramar and Pembroke Pines became major area of settlement .Population shrank by almost 4,000 but noticed slight rebound after 2000 census.

Despite being located two degrees North of Tropic of Cancer Fort Lauderdale has a tropical rainforest climate with slight variations in temperature .The city does not have typical dry season.This  attracts constant beach goers to enjoy summer weather all year round.

Fort Lauderdale’s economy relies heavily on tourism and attracts both college crowd as well as more sophisticated and affluent visitors.Companies that have their base in Fort Lauderdale are:Auto Nation,Citrix Systems,DHL Express ,Nation Beverage Corporation.

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