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The considerable number of festivals that celebrate the history and heritage of its people is one example of Florida’s cultural diversity.
Native Americans, Spanish colonizers, Northerners, and Spanish and Italian immigrants in the first decades of Twentieth century come together in South Florida to create an unusual blend.
Spanish colonizers and Native Americans make the first cross cultural contact with not that happy consequences for natives.
But Jewish, Italians, Greeks arrived for business and work, and they all blended to create cosmopolitan Miami. Their traces can be found in neighborhoods around Downtown Miami, like the Jewish quarter. But they were soon absorbed by the greatest migration that changed the face of Miami.
Without doubt, the greatest influence on the city’s urban style came with the Cuban refugees that arrived in the 1960s. They settled in the area west of downtown that because of their massive presence was called Little Havana.
Other Caribbean nations have contributed to the multicultural landscape, blending with Cubans and creating their own distinct neighborhoods like Little Haiti in north downtown Miami.