Miami is a metropolitan city situated on the southeastern side of Florida in the United States. It is the 7th largest populated city in the country and 3rd populated in the state. Miami is an economic giant and serves as Latin American's financial and business capital. Miami has one of the tallest skylines in the United States.
Miami is a leader and a major center for commerce, finance, international trade, arts, and culture. It is Florida's largest urban economy and America's 12th largest. Greater Downtown Miami has the presence of several global banks and also houses many national and international companies. Miami is also known as the "Cruise Capital of the world" as it is the busiest cruise port globally in terms of both cruise lines and passenger traffic. It is the second most visited city after New York and is an international hub for tourism.
Miami is the only main city to be founded by a woman in the United States. It was discovered by a woman named Julia Tuttle, who was a citrus grower locally and a wealthy native of Cleveland. The city of Miami was officially incorporated in 1896 with a sparse population of just over 300. The town was named after the Miami River.
The city's population increased tremendously during the early 1920s due to the land boom in Florida. But the city faced a devastating hurricane in 1926, which hampered Miami's growth for decades. Also, the Great Depression hugely impacted the development of the town. The Cuban Revolution witnessed lakhs of Cubans migrating to Miami and increasing the city's population to an enormous extent. Miami was also referred to as the "Magic City" due to its rapid growth, witnessed by the residents who observed the city's development every year, which looked like magic.
Post the Cuban revolution, the city developed new businesses and cultural facilities and saw a significant development at the end of the 20th century as a major center for cultural, financial, and international trade activities. Miami is the second-largest city in the country with a Spanish-speaking majority and the largest Cuban-American population.
Miami is a central hub for commerce and finance and takes pride in having a strong international business community. Numerous national and international companies have their headquarters in the city. Some of them include Akerman LLP, Arquitectonica, Brightstar Alienware, Corporation, Element Solutions, Carnival Corporation, Celebrity Cruises. Duany Plater-Zyberk, Royal Caribbean International, Sitel, Greenberg Traurig, Inktel Direct, Southern Wine & Spirits, Lennar Corporation International, and many more.
Due to its closeness to Latin America, Miamioperates as the headquarters for the Latin American operations for various International companies such as Cisco Systems, Yahoo!, Microsoft, Sony, Oracle, and Walmart.
Miami has been at the forefront in the production of televisions, especially for the Spanish language Media. Miami also boasts of being a vital music recording center with the presence of the Sony Music Company's headquarters. The city is also a significant attraction for innumerable music and video shoots.
Miami witnessed a boom in the real estate sector in the early 2000s, and the city had more than a hundred high approved construction projects. This boosted the growth of the economy hugely, and the town saw significant development. Miami is now home to the seven tallest skyscrapers in Florida.
Port Miami and the Miami International airport have contributed to the city's development remarkably. The Port Miami is the busiest cruise port, and the international airport is the largest gateway between Latin America and the United States. Due to a strong foothold in international business, the city has the most considerable global bank presence. It is also a major industrial center for warehousing and stone quarrying industries.
The city hosts the famous annual festival called the Calle Ocho Festival and houses many theaters, parks, museums, entertainment venues, and performance centers. Miami savors a dynamic and vibrant culture due to the presence of a diverse population from all around the globe. It is known for developing itself overnight with massive growth. Due to a high population of Spanish speakers in the city, it is also known as the "Capital of Latin America."
Some of the must-visit places in the city are Miami Beach, South Beach, Art Deco Historic District, Everglades National Park, Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, Little Havana and Calle Ocho, Bayside Marketplace, Zoo Miami, Bayfront Park, Deering Estate at Cutler, and the Jungle Island.