The county was named in honor
Major Francis L. Dade who died in 1835 in the battle that began the
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 the
years the large county of Dade has been altered by the creation
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 of
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 the
railroad to Dade County suceeded and by 1920, the railroad had been
extended to the Keys.
The name was changed from Dade to
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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