History in Fort Lauderdale
Before Ft. Lauderdale was founded, it was inhabited by the Tequesta Indians for more than a thousand years. After the advent of Spanish explorers, the number of Tequesta declined rapidly as a result of the disease that the explorers carried with them. Before the 20th century, the Fort Lauderdale area was known as the "New River Settlement" and there were only about 70 settlers living along the New River in 1830. Fort Lauderdale, which was not incorporated until 1911, got its name from the first United States stockade that was built there in 1838.
May 26, 2009