Fort Myers

Fort Myers
a city on the W coast of Florida. 36,638.

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 city, seat (1887) of Lee county, southwestern Florida, U.S. It lies on the broad estuary of the Caloosahatchee River, about 100 miles (160 km) southeast of Tampa. The city of Cape Coral is situated to the southwest on the opposite shore of the Caloosahatchee estuary.

      The area was originally inhabited by Calusa Indians, but the Seminoles (Seminole) had replaced them by the 19th century. In 1841 a fort, later named for Colonel Abraham C. Myers, was built for use in campaigns against the Seminoles. The fort was abandoned in 1858, at the end of the Seminole Wars. In 1863, during the American Civil War, it was occupied by Union forces, but after the war the military left for good. In 1876 the community was laid out and officially named Myers; its citizens continued to use the original name, which was restored in 1901.

      Fort Myers is the western terminus of the cross-state Okeechobee Waterway, linking the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico via Lake Okeechobee (Okeechobee, Lake). Tourism is a mainstay of the city's economy, and the area has a large retiree population. The flower industry, especially chrysanthemums, azaleas, and poinsettias, is also important, as are vegetable farming, fishing, and manufacturing (including medical devices and electronic components). The winter home and laboratory of the inventor Thomas A. Edison (Edison, Thomas Alva) is preserved as a museum, and the city holds an annual Edison Festival of Light (February) as a tribute to him. The winter home of industrialist Henry Ford (Ford, Henry), next door to the Edison complex, is also a museum. The Calusa Nature Center and Planetarium includes an aviary and nature trails. The city is home to Edison Community College (1962), and Florida Gulf Coast University opened there in 1997.

      Fort Myers Beach on Estero Island, a narrow island 7 miles (11 km) long between Estero Bay and the gulf, is 15 miles (25 km) south of Fort Myers; Sanibel Island is just west of that city. Inc. 1911. Pop. (1990) city, 45,206; Fort Myers–Cape Coral MSA, 335,113; (2000) city, 48,208; Fort Myers–Cape Coral MSA, 440,888.

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