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Florida is the only state in the U.S. that has no minerals but the Spanish arrived in the 1500’s and tore it up looking for gold anyway and in the process destroyed the peaceful lives of the Tequesta Indians who had named Miami after their word for “big water.”
The modern day history of Florida began with people who did not care about the consequences of what they were doing to others and it continues to this day to be that way,
The Spanish explorers brought with them European diseases like smallpox and syphilis. They also came looking for Indians to enslave and kidnap to work in the center of Spanish empire, the aptly named island of Hispaniola, known now as the Dominican Republic and Haiti. The Spanish justified these atrocities by claiming that God was on their side. They even named the Florida Keys “The Martyrs” because they looked like the decapitated heads of Christians who had died for their faith.
This insanity went on until 1821 when Spain ceded Florida to the United States for a whopping $5 million dollars and Spain has now owned Florida longer than the US has – and that won’t change until the year 2057.
Given Miami’s relatively late start as a civilization and its distance from other major US cities and limited law enforcement resources, it’s no wonder so much crime has happened here. This has been the wild wild west with beaches and palm trees from the beginning.
In the 1800’s there were Pirates and ship wreckers galore, Then came the bank robbing and moonshine making Ashley Gang, then the Era of Prohibition Rum Runners, and with them came the snake in the garden of Eden, Al Capone who arrived in 1928 to be met with open arms by the city fathers.
In the 30’s, Meyer Lansky’s gambling empire took root here and the Italian Mafia followed in the 30’s, 40’s, and 50’s to buy up Miami Beach resorts, Marijuana smuggling in the U.S. began here in South Florida in the 70’s soon to be followed by cocaine smuggling which became king in the 80’s. In this decade, South Florida was the Prescription drugs and pill mills capital of the nation and now we’re leading the world in Ponzi schemes and psychosis inducing synthetic drugs like Bath Salts and Flakka..
This has always been a great place to be a crook!
Over the years local and federal law enforcement have stepped in to meet these successive crime waves but it somehow always gets away from them until something new comes along. We here at Crime Tours believe the place was cursed by the indifference of the Spanish, and maybe even before then and that South Florida will always bring out the deviousness in those who want to “get rich quick” by any means.
We’re fascinated by all with this and hope you will be fascinated by it too.
There’s so much crime and so little time in our tour of the murder, mystery mayhem and history of the Magic of South Florida.