History

‘White sand, black beach’: The black history of Virginia Key

A wade-in by de-segregationists in 1945 pushed Dade County to finally give the local black community access to the ocean, long off-limits because of segregation laws.

/ February 12, 2017


Valencia Gunder is posting one black history fact a day on Facebook

She’s been doing #28DaysofBlackHistory for seven years now, and all the posts are public so you can read them as well.

/ February 8, 2017


Miami and Florida’s Black history

The New Tropic’s archives are full of stories about how African-Americans, Bahamians, and Haitians have shaped the city we live in today. In honor of Black History Month, we’ve gathered it all together in one place. Poke around a little: you’ll probably learn something fascinating about the history of the Magic City.    

/ February 6, 2017


How house music came to Miami (It was way before Ultra)

Back in the 1980s, when South Beach was basically a retirement community full of cheap real estate, these two guys were driving around playing house music out of a truck. Then came the Winter Music Conference.

/ January 9, 2017


How Mi Burrito Sabanero became Miami’s ultimate Christmas jam

Tuki, tuki, tuki, tuki, tuki, tukita.

/ December 26, 2016


A brief history of South Dade

Driving south from Downtown Miami towards the Everglades, the landscape transforms from a concrete jungle to a lush, pastoral expanse. Explore the area’s long history, tracing its incredible transformation from a marshy mosquito-filled wilderness to a thriving agricultural community.

/ December 11, 2016


South Dade History

South Dade transformed from a marshy mosquito-filled wilderness into a thriving agricultural community in a century, then rebounded from a devastating hurricane.

/ December 11, 2016


You’re dining with the dead at Joe’s Stone Crab

There are bodies buried at Joe’s Stone Crab — and we’re not talking crustaceans.

/ October 30, 2016


The history of the lush, weird, magnificent Kampong

The Kampong was once the residence of famed botanist David Fairchild, who loved it because it reminded him of Java.

/ October 16, 2016


South Beach History

South Beach has been a place to be since the 1920s, and Lincoln Road, the backbone of South Beach, was built to become the Fifth Avenue of the south. While it may not have reached those heights, it played a key role in LGBT history, hosting the first ever gay pride parade in 1972.

/ September 5, 2016