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Fort Lauderdale began as a farming town, but over the past century has become a hub of tourism. People from the African Diaspora have come to live in this city of diversity and have ties to its early history.

African American history in Fort Lauderdale began with workers and slaves serving on Spanish ships in the 16th century. In the 1800’s, a black cook, whose name has never been discovered, helped open an overnight camp and ferry.

Known as the Stranahan Trading Post, this endeavor helped launch what is now downtown Fort Lauderdale. It still exists today for tours to the public.