Pioneer and father of aviation Glenn Curtiss (New York, 1878-1930) designed and manufactured airplanes for the Allied army during the First World War as part of his valuable legacy. His trajectory was so prosperous that he retired at 41 and moved to Miami, searching for a quiet life. He bought several acres of inhospitable land in a territory known as Opa-Tisha-Wocka-locka, on the edge of Hialeah, where he built a ranch and fixed his residence. Although retired, Curtiss, young and ambitious, opted to join Miami´s urban development by building on his land. But he wanted a big city and he could not emulate the Mediterranean styles or Spanish villas that already characterized the others. After deliberating between different proposals and measuring the risk involved in the investment, in 1925 he decided to invest in a city inspired by the novel The Thousand and One Nights, an Arab concept unique in South Florida, which would be called Opa Locka.
Length: 8 hours
Schedule: 8:30 a.m a 5:00 p.m
Taught by: Pedro Medina León and Roberto Mata