Miami is a vibrant, spectacular city located in South Florida. Miami acquires its name from a term the Native Americans used for Lake Okeechobee, "Mayaimi", which means "very big lake".
Miami's discovery occurs in the year 1498, when Vicente Yánez Pinzón and Américo Vespucio arrive at the peninsula.
For the next 300 years, France and England hold interest in Florida for imperial expansion. They consider Florida a high-value target strategically for its proximity to the Islands of the Caribbean and Central America. The conflicts between the Spanish, French, English, and the aboriginals are constant.
In the year 1810, the United States of America (already being an independent country) claims the Floridian territory. Spain finally decides to sell to the Americans in 1819. The territory of Miami remains lightly populated, with a small count of aboriginals until practically the beginning of the 20th century.
In 1896, propelled by a wave of wealthy businessmen that had installed themselves in the area for its beauty, and the convincing of businessman Henry Flagler to build a railroad down to the city, Miami is founded.
Throughout the 1920's, permissiveness with the concept and application of the Dry Law, allowed for thousands of inhabitants from other regions of the United States to migrate to the prosperous and liberal city.
During World War II, Miami was, because of its coastal location, a prime office for the Military and Marines of the United States. When the war ended, many soldiers decided to stay and live in Miami, giving the city a defining push for the steady growth it needed to become the grand metropolis it is currently.
Today, Miami is an imperative center for finance and commerce (specifically with Latin America). Miami also showcases hubs for music, fashion, hotels, tourism, art, its absolutely stunning beaches, and the largest number of cruises in the world.