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Guided by a visionary widow named Julia Tuttle, the city of Miami truly came into being in 1896 and has not stopped growing. Halfway through the last century, the apparent domination of land, population, and business by whites andfor decadesrepressed African Americans became tested and balanced by the victims of the 1959 Cuban Revolution. Beyond that, hundreds of thousands of others from Spanish-speaking lands came to create what truly is an international metropolis. The chapters of Miami’s existence are delineated by those legendary locals who came earliest; those who were the pioneers; those who established businesses that endured; those who were the builders and visionaries; those who served in politics; those who came from other places; those who created, built, and extended educational and arts opportunities; and those who embraced the placid environment and natural beauty of the “Magic City.”
About the Author
Howard Kleinberg is the former editor of the Miami News and a retired columnist for the Cox News Service, as well as for the Miami Herald. He has written six books on South Florida history. Arva Moore Parks is an author, historian, and community leader. She has written, edited, or contributed to more than 20 books on South Florida history.