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Palm Beach County Area History
Palm Beach County was created in 1909 and was named for its first established town, Palm Beach, in turn
named for the palm trees and beaches in the area. Henry Flagler was instrumental in the county's development
in the early 1900s with the extension of the Florida East Coast through the county from Jacksonville to Key West.
nineteenth century mapmakers, even though there was no Boca Raton Inlet linking Boca Raton Lake with the ocean at the time. "Boca Raton" literally translates from Spanish as "the rat's mouth," but was an idiom meaning "Thieves' Inlet.
It's more than that, Boca Raton is a large, strong community of more than 700 different residential neighborhoods and are supported byover 60 different religous organizations. Boca Raton offers many outstanding educational opportunities at many fine schools, both public and private. Boca Raton has beautiful Atlantic beaches, gorgeous landscaping and appealing architectural design. Enhancing the landscape is over 40 parks maintained by the city, nature preserves, and 30+ golf courses (public & private). For families, there are outstanding schools, lots of stuff to do with the kids and amazing shopping! Boca Raton has a diverse selection of restaurants, you can eat well every night, for every taste and budget.
Boca Raton is known worldwide as a beautiful and cultured American City.