From Tequesta, no. 35 (1975), p. 57.
At the end of that great European conflict, the Seven Years War (known in the colonies as the "French and Indian War"), Britain emerged triumphant, gaining all French North American territories east of the Mississippi (except New Orleans). Britain had also seized Havana, its harbor and hinterland and, on the other side of the world, Manila in the Philippines. The Treaty of Paris, which ended the war, also ended over two centuries of Spanish rule over Florida. It became a British possession, surrendered by Spain for the return of the lost jewels in her imperial crown (Havana and Manila). During the period of British control, the coast between St Augustine and Cape Florida was charted in some detail. The Spanish regained Florida twenty years later, at the conclusion of the American Revolutionary War. Throughout these times, what is now known as Biscayne Bay, was given different names including "Sandwich Gulf."
Answer: The British renamed the Bay after taking control of Florida in 1763.
Under a plan introduced in 1920 by a councilman (very much at the insistence of the postal service), the old system of street identification was changed. It was a holdover from the city's earliest municipal days, which left many avenues with alphabetical designations, such as Avenue D or Avenue G. Avenue D became Miami Avenue and street and avenue numbers began at the intersection of that avenue and Flagler Street (with avenues running north and south and streets east and west). Indeed, that pivotal intersection divided streets and avenues into four quadrants - southeast, southwest, northwest and northeast. Miami streets were, thus, labeled according to the geographic quadrant in which they were located. So, you might find yourself on Southeast 2nd Avenue or Northwest 2nd Avenue. In establishing this pattern of street identification, the councilman was actually following the urban layout of Washington D. C.
Answer: J. F. Chaille
During Prohibition, how did the activities of moonshiners and bootleggers benefit the City of Miami?
Confiscated bootleg liquor. Gleason Waite Romer, photographer. Florida Collection, Miami-Dade Public Library System.
During Prohibition, it was not difficult to get an alcoholic beveridge in Miami. Local moonshine operations were plentiful and largely uninhibited. Most of the forbidden liquor, however, arrived from offshore sources, such as the Bahamas and Cuba. Its proximity to those sources, as well as a long coastline with numerous inlets deep enough for small rum-running craft to use, made the east coast of Florida, and especially the southern part thereof, a major source of bootlegging activity. Indeed, bootlegging became a major industry in Miami. There grew up a profusion of well patronized speakeasies which carried on a regular and not particularly clandestine business. Enforcement of Prohibition laws by local officials was decidedly relaxed. When the law caught up with such illegal purveyors of strong drink, they readily remitted the requisit fines and, then, continued to operate.
Answer: Fines, regularly collected, helped fund the city's operating budget.