Fort Lauderdale, Florida, the seat of Broward County. It is on the Atlantic Coast, 25 miles (40 km) north of Miami and just east of the Everglades. Fort Lauderdale is a winter resort and a retirement center. Its ocean port and nearby Ft. Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport help make it a commercial and industrial center.
Fort Lauderdale is sometimes called the “Venice of America.” It has a large network of navigable inland waterways and is the home port for thousands of boats and yachts. One of the nation's most popular beaches stretches along the coast. Other attractions include Ocean World, featuring varied marine life; the International Swimming Hall of Fame; the Museum of Discovery and Science; and the Museum of Art.
Settlement began around a fort built by Major William Lauderdale in 1838 during the Second Seminole War. Fort Lauderdale was incorporated in 1911, when the population was about 2,000. Rapid growth came after World War II.