Delray Beach is located in the southeastern part of the state of Florida and is a city in Palm Beach County. It sits on the southern part of West Palm Beach along the Atlantic Ocean. The first settlers of the area were Michigan that arrived in 1894 and started to cultivate the area for farming. After a few years, the Japanese colonists arrived and founded the Yamato County, wherein they planted pineapples and other winter vegetables. The city was first named Linton after one of its founders. However, the name was changed to Delray in 1901, after either from a suburb in Detroit or the Spanish del ray meaning "of the king." The occurrence of the Florida East Coast Railway in 1896 stimulated the growth of the economy wherein the western part of the mainland was incorporated as a town, and the area on the east or the beachside remained unincorporated until the two became Delray Beach in 1923.
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