This city in the Southeastern part of Florida is called the Venice of America, due to its many inlets and canals. Its beautiful beaches and resorts attract tourists from all over the world. Cruise ships dock at the modern terminal facilities of Port Everglades, which is about 3 miles southeast of downtown Ft. Lauderdale. The port is convenient to downtown Ft. Lauderdale, the beaches are about 3 miles north, Ft Lauderdale airport just 2 miles southwest and Miami airport 26 miles to the south.
It is a major yachting and fishing centre - within the Ft. Lauderdale city limits alone there are more than 165 miles of navigable waterways (and more than 42,000 registered yachts). Downtown Ft. Lauderdale is peppered with high-rise buildings; sidewalk cafes and shops line the New River. Las Olas Boulevard is lined with boutiques, bars and a shaded walkway for strolling. And getting around the city is part of the sport: Water taxis now ply the maze of waterways that link residential neighbourhoods to sights, restaurants, shops and Port Everglades.
The Tequesta Indians were the city's original inhabitants. After the Spanish took Florida as their own, the Seminole Indians, who lived in the northern reaches of the state, started moving southward. In 1837, during the Seminole Wars, the city's namesake, Major William Lauderdale, built a fort at the mouth of the New River, which now snakes through the city centre.
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