A favorite destination and home for boating enthusiasts, Fort Lauderdale is a city in the U.S. state of Florida, on the Atlantic coast 23 miles (37 km) north of Miami. It is the county seat of Broward County. As of the 2010 census, the city had a population of 168,528. It is a principal city of the South Florida metropolitan area, which was home to 5,564,635 people at the 2010 census. The city is a popular tourist destination, with 10.35 million visitors in 2006. Fort Lauderdale is also known as the “Venice of America” because of its expansive and intricate canal system with thousands of single family homes, most with boat slips or dockage for large yachts. The city is a major yachting center and host of the largest yacht show in the world, with 42,000 resident yachts and 100 marinas and boatyards. Fort Lauderdale is named after a series of forts built by the United States during the Second Seminole War. The forts took their name from Major William Lauderdale, who was the commander of the detachment of soldiers who built the first fort.
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