For You History Buffs!
Broward County was founded on April 30, 1915. It was intended to be named Everglades County, but then-Speaker of the Florida House of Representatives Ion Farris amended the bill that established the county to be named in honor of Napoleon Bonaparte Broward, Governor of Florida from 1905 to 1909. Throughout his term as Governor, Broward championed Everglades drainage and was remembered for his campaign to turn the Everglades into “useful land”. This opened up much of today's urban Broward County for development, first as agricultural land and later as residential. A year before Broward became Governor, Dania became the first incorporated community of what is now Broward County, followed by Pompano during his term in 1908, and Fort Lauderdale in 1911 shortly after his term ended.