Ramona Maharaj is from the City of Hamilton. She moved to Fort Lauderdale, Florida to pursue a Master’s degree in English. She has always been drawn to books and writing for as long as she can remember. Maharaj is excited to complete her advanced degree so that she can be an English professor one day and write her stories and commentary. So far, she loves Fort Lauderdale for many reasons. It has the big city opportunities she needs, but, because the town is about 45 minutes north of Miami, it doesn’t have the same hustle and bustle of the big city that Maharaj finds overwhelming at times.
The area that is now Fort Lauderdale was the territory of the Tequesta Indians for twelve thousand years before they made contact with Spanish explorers in the 16th century. From the 16th century on, the tribe started to decline in population and influence in the area. The European explorers and later settlers infected them with many deadly diseases such as smallpox, and continuing conflict the neighboring Calusa Indians left only a few in the area by 1763. That year, Spain ceded control of Florida to Great Britain, ending the Seven Years’ War in Europe and causing the rest of the Tequesta to be evacuated to Cuba. The area stayed mostly undeveloped, changing hands from the United Kingdom to the United States to the Confederate States of America and back, until the 20th century.
Ramona Maharaj City of Hamilton wanted to move from the City of Hamilton to Fort Lauderdale to pursue her dream and enjoy the warm weather year-round.