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Julia Tuttle subsequently convinced Henry Flagler, a railroad tycoon, to expand his Florida East Coast Railway to the region, for which she became known as "the mother of Miami." Black labor played a crucial role in Miami's early development.During the beginning of the 20th century, migrants from the Bahamas and African-Americans constituted 40 percent of the city's population.Unsurprisingly, these officers enforced social codes far beyond the written law.Quigg, for example, "personally and publicly beat a colored bellboy to death for speaking directly to a white woman." The collapse of the Florida land boom of the 1920s, the 1926 Miami Hurricane, and the Great Depression in the 1930s slowed development.In the late 19th century, reports described the area as a promising wilderness.The Great Freeze of 1894–95 hastened Miami's growth, as the crops of the Miami area were the only ones in Florida that survived.After Fidel Castro rose to power in Cuba in 1959, many wealthy Cubans sought refuge in Miami, further increasing the population.The city developed businesses and cultural amenities as part of the New South.
The elevation of the area never rises above 40 ft (12 m) above mean sea level in most neighborhoods, especially near the coast.
Downtown Miami is home to the largest concentration of international banks in the United States, and many large national and international companies.
It accommodates some of the world's largest cruise ships and operations, and is the busiest port in both passenger traffic and cruise lines.
The city's nickname, The Magic City, comes from this rapid growth.
Winter visitors remarked that the city grew so much from one year to the next that it was like magic.