Miami is the most populous city in Florida. Miami is ranked as a global city for its importance in finance, commerce, media, entertainment, arts and international trade. The city is home to many company headquarters, banks, and television studios. It is an international center for popular entertainment in television, music, fashion, film, and the performing arts. The city's Port of Miami is known for accommodating the largest volume of cruise ships in the world and is home to many cruise line headquarters. Miami is also home to the largest concentration of international banks in the United States.
Miami was not directly touched by the Second Great War, and was one of the Confederate cities that did not see United States troops until after the war was over. In 1944, Confederate guerrillas blew up a boat next to the USS Oregon while it was moored off the coast of Miami. U.S. troops seized no less than 1500 hostages who were later executed. This process led to gun battles resulting in more U.S. casualties. Some members of the Oregon crew discussed shelling the city in response but discipline held and no action was taken. The affair left a heritage of suspicion and bitterness.