The Hispanic presence in Greater Miami precedes the founding of the first permanent British settlement in the United States at Jamestown, Virginia, by 94 years. In the spring of 1513, several weeks after Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de León made landfall in the vicinity of Melbourne, Florida; he sailed into Biscayne Bay. Another Hispanic, Hernando
Today the Jewish presence in the ethnic and cultural patchwork of Greater Miami is a given: a Jewish deli can be found in many neighborhoods, Yiddish is widely spoken in some areas, synagogues and Jewish civic organizations abound, family and business ties with Jewish communities in other parts of the country and abroad are strong.
Miami is the most maddening, stimulating, life-encouraging city in the world,” wrote Florida’s favorite environmentalist, Marjory Stoneman Douglas. “Nothing human is foreign to it.” Douglas should know. She lived in and loved South Florida for 83 of her 108 years. When she arrived from Massachusetts in 1915, Miami was already calling itself “The Magic City,”
Overtown is one of the oldest neighborhoods located in the original boundaries of the City of Miami. Segregated by both custom and laws, it began as “Colored Town” at the turn of the 20th century, an accommodation to Miami’s anticipated tourist industry. Over time the people developed a thriving community of their own. The area