The county was named
Major Francis L. Dade who died in 1835 in the battle that began
second Seminole war. The following year a territorial county in
southeast Florida was named after him. The county seat was originally
located on Indian Key located south of the mainland. Through
years the large county of Dade has been altered by the
of Palm Beach and Broward counties on the mainland. In 1844
the county seat was moved to Miami.
On March 3, 1845, Florida
became the 27th
State to join the United States of America. The remaining part
the northern Florida Keys was joined with the lower keys in 1866 and
became a part of Monroe County.
The City of Miami
was incorporated in
1896. There were around 15 homes there around the turn of the
century. At the same time Julia Tuttle's efforts to bring
railroad to Dade County suceeded and by 1920, the railroad had been
extended to the Keys.
The name was changed from
Miami-Dade County in 1997 by the voters of the county. They
wanted the international recognition of Miami as well as Dade.
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