For most of its history Miami-Dade County has simply been known as Dade County. After whom was it named?
Here’s a hint. HistoryMiami, 1974-024-3.
It was named
after a soldier who, together with his command were ambushed and most of them,
including him, killed by a Seminole War party in December 1835, as they
proceeded from Ft. Brooke near Tampa into the interior. This hostile act had
much to do with igniting the Second Seminole War and gave the martyred soldier's
name to our county, formed shortly thereafter (1836). Other historical figures connected with early
Miami-Dade County history include Commodore Alexander Dallas
who commanded the United States naval forces in the Caribbean and it is
after him that a military post that installed in 1836 at the mouth of the Miami
River was named (Ft. Dallas), Lt. Col. William S. Harney who, in December of
1840, led an expedition, the members of which were disguised as Indians, into
the Everglades, there surprising and killing the Indian
leader Chakaika and Richard Fitzpatrick that attempted to establish a
plantation at the mouth of the Miami River in the 1830s, an effort cut short by
the Second SeminoleWar.
Answer: Major Francis Langhorne Dade.