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Orlando History


The first European settlers arrived in this area of Florida around 1837. Prior to this time, the area around Orlando was inhabited by the Seminole Indians for 6,000 to 12,000 years. When arguments arose between the natives and the American settlers regarding slaves, livestock and land, the Second Seminole War broke out, lasting from 1835 to 1842. Afterwards, the natives moved to other parts of Florida and the settlers built their town around Fort Gatlin. They named their town Orlando after Orlando Reeves, an American soldier on sentinel duty who was shot and killed by a native's arrow. Orlando had fired a shot to warn the other sleeping soldiers of peril, saving them all from slaughter.

Up until the 1880s, cattle breeding and cotton farming were central Florida's main industries. During the 1880s the settlers began growing citrus trees and Orlando's growth and prosperity can be attributed to the need for improved transportation to citrus markets. By 1881, Orlando had its first rail lines, and by 1886 Orlando's busy streets were lined with churches, hotels, schools, office buildings. Tourists from the north also began spending their summers in this area.

A three-day freeze in 1894 destroyed almost all of the citrus trees in Orlando's Orange County, devastating the community. An estimated $100 million was lost, causing packing plants to close, banks to close, people to lose their jobs. It was 15 years before Orlando recovered fully.

Orlando's population doubled between 1910 and 1920, thrusting Orlando into a major city status. Orlando's Public Library was added in 1923, the Municipal Auditorium (Bob Carr Auditorium) was added in 1926. Florida Technical University was built in 1968 (now called the University of Central Florida), as well as the Orlando Naval Training Center.

Walt Disney World was developed in 1971, Sea World in 1973, Epcot Center in 1982, and Disney MGM Studiois them park opened in 1989. Orlando was recognized as one of the world's most popular vacation sites.















 

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