Fort Lauderdale is located on the Atlantic Coastline and is the County Seat of Broward County. The city has an expensive canal system that has gained it the nickname of “Venice of America”. With over 100 marinas and boatyards, Fort Lauderdale has developed into a major yachting center.
The city lies in an area where a collection of forts was built during the Second Seminole War and was named for Major William Lauderdale who was in charge of the unit that actually built three of the forts. All three were known as Lauderdale. It wasn’t until nearly fifty years after all the forts had been abandoned that the development of the city began.
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