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April 1980

Hundreds of refugees were placed in make-shift camps, such as this one at the Orange Bowl, c. 1980 (Photograph by Michael Lewis, HistoryMiami)
- Hundreds of refugees were placed in make-shift camps, such as this one at the Orange Bowl, c. 1980 (Photograph by Michael Lewis, HistoryMiami)

April 1980

The Mariel Boatlift begins. The six-month mass exodus of Cubans to the United States brings some 150,000 Cubans to Miami, many on overloaded rafts and barges.

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