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South Florida's military history: Lots of skirmishes, no major battles

South Florida's military history: Lots of skirmishes, no major battles

South Florida has never felt the burst of a rocket's red glare, but it has seen plenty of gunfire and torpedoes. Consider that a Nazi submarine shot down a Navy blimp near Key Largo during World War II, or that Cuban exiles were amassed in Miami to overthrow Fidel Castro in 1961 or that U.S. troops battled Seminole Indians in Davie in the 1830s. "This area has been on the cutting edge of so much stuff, but it really hasn't seen any major battles," said Paul George, historian for the HistoryMiami museum. In light of the Fourth of July celebration of American independence, we look back at the role this region has played in past battles, liberations and...

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