Miami, incorporated in 1896, was always a multiethnic city with large numbers of Cuban, Italian, and Bahamian immigrants and a small Chinese population in the early 20th century, but it was also a southern city that was segmented by race and wealth. African American residents were effectively confined to “Colored Town” or the Central Negro District (later Overtown) by restrictive clauses in land deeds. White immigrants settled in adjoining neighborhoods, while wealthy, usually native-born, white residents lived closest to Biscayne Bay, Miami Beach, ...

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