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Fort Lauderdale is a city in Broward County, on the southeast coast of Florida, about 23 miles to the north of Miami. The city has a population of about 185,000 (2011 estimate), and is one of the major cities in the South Florida Metropolitan Area. Fort Lauderdale is a major tourist destination in America. It receives well over ten million visitors annually. Due to its extensive canal system, it is often nicknamed the Venice of America.

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The city of Fort Lauderdale was named after a series of forts built during the Second Seminole War, between 1835 and 1842, fought between the United States and various groups of Native Americans. The forts were named after Major William Lauderdale, who had the first fort built. There were three fortifications of Fort Lauderdale erected.

Until the 20th century, the city of Fort Lauderdale was known as New River Settlement. It was only incorporated as Fort Lauderdale in 1911, and four years later was made the county seat of Broward County.

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A US naval base was set up in Fort Lauderdale at the start of the Second World War. At the end of the war, the city experienced a big population increase, with an influx of war veterans and service members. The population growth eventually leveled off in the 1980's, as the city reinvented itself into one of the biggest tourist destinations in the country.

Visiting Fort Lauderdale, Florida

You can reach Fort Lauderdale on Interstate 95, turning off at Exits 26 or 27. You can also fly to Fort Lauderdale from most major cities of the United States, arriving at either the Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport (FLL) or the Miami International Airport (MIA)

Places of Interest in Fort Lauderdale, Florida

  1. African American Research Library and Cultural Center
  2. Antique Car Museum
  3. Billie Swamp Safari
  4. Boomers! Rollercoaster Park
  5. Broward Center for the Performing Arts
  6. Butterfly World/Tradewinds Park
  7. Cypress Airboat Rides
  8. Flamingo Gardens and Wray Botanical Collection
  9. Florida Everglades Holiday Park
  10. Fort Lauderdale Beach (The Strip)
  11. Fort Lauderdale Swap Shop
  12. Hugh Taylor Birch State Park
  13. Museum of Art
  14. Museum of Discovery and Science
  15. Old Fort Lauderdale Village & Museum
  16. Sawgrass Mall
  17. Stranahan House

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