Homestead is located in the southern part of the state of Florida and a city in Miami-Dade County and is situated in the Redland fertile district in the southwestern part of Miami. The area where the city presently stands was inhabited by the Tequestas and by the Calusa Indians before the tribe's disappearance in the early part of the 19th century. After the arrival of the railroad in Miami in 1904, the city took its name after its location in the homestead country. It was then that the government land was opened in the 1890s for homesteading. The community was later developed as a shipping center for vegetables and fruits that are grown in the surrounding farmlands in the region. Homestead became an important agricultural-trading center and served as the service center for the nearby Homestead Air Force Base.
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