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South Dade History

The Federal Homestead Act brought South Dade’s first settlers, but it was the extension of the railroad down to the Keys that really launched development here and transformed it from mosquito-ridden wilderness. The area boomed until the Great Depression, surged once again after World War II, and became the South Dade we know today in the 1960s. Hurricane Andrew wrought devastation, but the region is once again a thriving community, a mecca for foodies into eating local, and a budding tourism destination.

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