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In 1513, Ponce de León discovered and named Florida while seeking the Fountain of Youth. He claimed it for Spain but because of Indian attacks, he never establish a colony. More than 150 years later, the first permanent European settlement of St. Augustine was established. Spain sold Florida to the U.S. With the addition of NASA and Disney, Florida became a Mecca for tourism and for flights of fancy.

Each year the population swells during the winter with an influx of "Snow Birds" from other areas of the country looking to escape the harshness of winter in the tropical climes of South Florida. This has created an odd situation of many properties that are occupied during only certain portions of the year and that are rented out seasonally to those temporary residents.

Florida remains one of the fastest growing states in the US.
 
South Florida has become a center of commerce between the US and South America, as well as Africa. The Port of Miami is one of the busiest ports in terms of cruise ship traffic, as well as serving as a shipping gateway from Latin America.

Thousands of Cubans fleeing Fidel Castro have called South Florida home, creating a culture rich in ethnic heritage. Further cultures have joined in South Florida bringing wave after wave of unique immigration. Each successive wave has helped to increase the value of homes in the area and continue to increase demand for properties from single-family homes to high-rise condominiums.

In addition, South Florida has earned a reputation of being a place to retire. Often being seen as a reward for a well-spent life. More and more, people are coming to South Florida earlier in life.

Another excellent source for information on South Florida history is the South Florida Historical Museum.

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