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When the residents in the Miami River area met to incorporate as a municipality, they chose a name for the new town reflective of the river upon which it sat. What other name was seriously considered?

Miami name

Where they met. Matlack Collection, HistoryMiami, 245-12-detail.

From the day it first came to print in May of 1896, The Miami Metropolis called for the community's formal incorporation. The paper noted that by July of that year, the population would meet or exceed 1,500 people. With a momentum of growth which would soon allow the area's population to surpass that of Key West, the paper emphasized the need of incorporation, forming thereby "a good, strong municipal government," one which could "frame and enforce such ordinances as are necessary." Sure enough, the City of Miami was incorporated on July 28th, 1896. An unusual feature of this meeting was the inclusion of 162 black residents, participating among a total of 368 registered voters. At a time when most black citizens were denied political participation, especially in the South, African American residents were included in these proceedings to ensure a number of participants adequate for incorporation. According to Isidor Cohen's account, some of those present favored giving the city another name but a majority finally decided on "Miami." 

Answer: Flagler

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The Freedom Tower in downtown Miami and the Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables were built as replicas of which famous European edifice?

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Postcards of the towers. HistoryMiami, 1995-260-5 and 2000-378-50

Products of the extravagant land development boom of 1920s South Florida, the Freedom Tower (the former Miami Daily News Building) and the Biltmore Hotel were patterned after a famous European tower. The lower part of that historic structure was built between 1180 and 1200. The upper part was completed between 1556 and 1598.

Answer: The Giralda of Seville, Spain

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What did John Collins do in the years before he turned Miami Beach developer?

At the time of John Collins arrival in 1896, the only regular transportation between what later became Miami Beach and the mainland was a ferry which took Miamians to the island to enjoy the ocean. Seeing the possibilities, John Collins began building a wooden bridge that would connect the mainland with his island property.  However, he ran short of funds before the bridge was completed. Carl G. Fisher came to the rescue. Involved in development projects since his arrival in Miami in 1910, Fisher had deep pockets and lent Collins the $50,000 needed to finish the bridge, which opened on June 12, 1913. At two and a half miles, it was reputed to be, at the time, the longest wooden bridge in the world, and greatly facilitated the growth and settlement of Miami Beach, a development organized and promoted by Carl Fisher, John Collins and the Lummus brothers, J.N. and J.E.

John Collins

John Collins, circa 1920. HistoryMiami, x-0638-1.

Answer: He raised avocados

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Which of the following is not true of a hurricane: a) Its winds must exceed 74 mph; b) Its winds always rotate in a clockwise spiral; c) Low barometric pressure tends to increase storm intensity; d) Heat energy is its driving force.

A tropical storm with winds exceeding 74 mph, the hurricane rotates around a low pressure center. Warm moist air is drawn into the low pressure system at ground level, spiraling up through the storm's center. In the process, heat energy is released to the storm and becomes its driving force. Likewise, much moisture is released in the form of heavy rains.

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National Hurricane Center, 1971. Ed Mervis, photographer. Miami News Collection, HistoryMiami, 1995-277-6279.

Answer: Not true that its winds rotate in a clockwise spiral. On the contrary, its winds always rotate in a counter-clockwise spiral.

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