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Unsurprisingly, these officers enforced social codes far beyond the written law.

Quigg, for example, "personally and publicly beat a colored bellboy to death for speaking directly to a white woman." The collapse of the Florida land boom of the 1920s, the 1926 Miami Hurricane, and the Great Depression in the 1930s slowed development.

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An Indian village of hundreds of people dating to 500–600 B. A Spanish mission was constructed one year later in 1567.

Spain and Great Britain successively controlled Florida, and Spain ceded it to the United States in 1821.

In 1836, the US built Fort Dallas as part of its development of the Florida Territory and attempt to suppress and remove the Seminole.

The Miami area subsequently became a site of fighting during the Second Seminole War.

It is the second-largest US city (after El Paso, Texas) with a Spanish-speaking majority, and the largest city with a Cuban-American plurality.

Miami and its metropolitan area grew from just over 1,000 residents to nearly 5.5 million residents in just 110 years (1896–2006).

The city's nickname, The Magic City, comes from this rapid growth.

Winter visitors remarked that the city grew so much from one year to the next that it was like magic.

The Miami area was inhabited for thousands of years by indigenous Native American tribes.

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