The city is home to many entertainment venues, theaters, museums, and performing arts centers like Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, home of the Florida Grand Opera, the Knight Concert Hall, the Ziff Ballet Opera House, and the Carnival Studio Theater.

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The city is located at the mouth of the Miami River at Biscayne Bay on a plain between the Everglades and the Atlantic Ocean.

What today is known as Miami has its beginnings in the 16th century as a tiny settlement.

In 1567 the Spanish founded a mission in the area to pacify the hostile Tequesta Indians who had inhabited the area for at least 2,000 years. After Florida was sold to the United States the area consisted of only small settlements to the end of the 18th century.

An Indian village of hundreds of people dating to 500–600 B. Miami only emerged in the 19th century when the railroad reach the town in April 1896.

By 1886, Mackay and Bennett started Postal Telegraph Company for telegraph communications within the USA.

All of this led to a rate war between Mackay and Gould - that is, CCC and WU - that waged for 29 months with each company trying to under sell on the price per word for transatlantic telegrams.

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Additionally, Great Northern Cable Company and Eastern Telegraph Company were added to the ever growing Mackay-Bennett system.

John Mackay died in London in 1902 and his son, Clarence Mackay (photo left) inherited all of the telecommunications businesses and saw to the completion of the transpacific system in 1904.

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