If you’re looking for a place that includes plenty of sun and warmth for your next getaway. you’ll want to make sure Florida makes the short list for your consideration. After deciding on the Sunshine State, you’ll have to figure out just where you want to spend your time. Whether it’s a coastal town or somewhere inland, there is plenty to see and do on your fun-filled Florida vacation and learn all about Orlando.
The town’s modern history dates back to 1838 and the Second Seminole War. The U.S. Army build Fort Gatlin, and the town of Jernigan formed around it. Just six years later, Jernigan became Orlando. There’s no one explanation of the change, since some trace it back to army sentry Orlando Reeves, a man named Mr. Orlando traveling en route to Tampa, the Shakespeare character Orlando in “As You Like It”, and others. The town and post office changed its name to Orlando in 1857. The Town of Orlando was incorporated in 1875 with 85 residents, 22 of whom were qualified voters.
In the early 1860s, log cabins and miles of farmland were a regular feature of the landscape, but when Florida joined the Confederacy, progress in the cotton industry declined. Post-war chaos reigned, but eventually large-herd owners from other parts of Florida came in to organize the industry. From 1875-1895, Orlando was the center of the state’s citrus industry. Unfortunately, the “Great Freeze” of 1894-95 forced small grove owners to give up their groves to larger companies. Orlando is now a major player in the Florida citrus scene once again.
World War II
The municipal airport north of Lake Underhill was quickly converted into Orlando Army Air Base, and a new municipal airport was built ten miles south of Orlando. That airport quickly became Pinecastle Air Force Base, then McCoy Air Force Base, and is now Orlando International Airport. Many of the military families stayed to settle and have families.
Walt Disney arrived with his Walt Disney World theme park in 1971 after passing up Miami and Tampa in order to avoid hurricanes. Today’s Disney complex covers 47 square miles and includes many resorts, as well as four parks. Other resorts include Universal Orlando, Sea World of Orlando, and others, bringing thousands of tourists to the area every year.
History of Orlando
You came to the Orlando area to explore and experience a fun, relaxing getaway with loved ones. Enjoy a stress-free, worry-free stay when you book a vacation rental provided by Tuscana Resort Orlando. Your small group or family will enjoy a one-bedroom unit, or you can plan a larger group getaway and book a four-bedroom unit. Enjoy private outdoor spaces like a balcony or deck or spend some time by the community pool. Make a meal in the fully equipped kitchen, then spread out in an open living area. Come and learn all about Orlando and enjoy an unforgettable fun-filled experience.
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