History of Mango in Miami (a very summarized version!) *
Mangos were first cultivated in India and Southeast Asia since the 4th and 5th century B.C. Then in the 16th century, Portuguese colonists distributed the seed to West Africa, Brazil and Barbados. The first recorded introduction into Florida was Cape Sable in 1833 by Dr.Henry Perrine but it didn't sprout. In 1862, Dr.Fletcher imported a seed from Cuba noted as ’No. 11’. In 1868, seeds planted south of Coconut Grove produced 'Turpentine Mango', a popular one eaten then. The U. S. Department of Agriculture introduced ’Mulgoba’, from India, in 1889. John and Florence Haden visited a farm with Mulgoba Mangoes and bought some of the fruit trees. They planted the seed and made the popular mango known today as 'Haden'. "In the early 1900's a seedling program spearheaded by Dr. David Fairchild focused on introducing mango varieties to Florida to produce mangos that could be sold commercially."
South Florida became one of the few places in the U.S. that can grow them due to the climate and terrain.
*This history highlights settler colonialist and white perspectives. I wasn't able to find Indigenous history or their relationship with mango but I know it is out there. I hope in my continuation of learning more I or others can make it accessible.