If you’re looking for a place that includes plenty of sun and warmth for your next getaway, you’ll want to make sure the many towns of Florida makes the short list for your consideration. After deciding on the Sunshine State, you’ll have to figure out exactly 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. When you choose Orlando, you’ll enjoy a unique trip full of interesting Orlando history that will color your experience like you never imagined.
Orlando in the 1800s
Orlando’s modern history dates back to 1838 and the Second Seminole War. The U.S. Army built Fort Gatlin, and a small town named Jernigan formed around it. Just six years later, Jernigan became Orlando. Ask the locals and you’ll find there’s no one explanation of the change. Some trace it back to army sentry Orlando Reeves, others a man named Mr. Orlando traveling en route to Tampa, and still others the Shakespeare character Orlando in “As You Like It,” and a few other theories. The town and post office changed its name to Orlando in 1857. The Town of Orlando was incorporated in 1875 with 85 residents, only 22 of whom were qualified voters.
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
When the U.S. entered the war, the original municipal airport north of Lake Underhill was quickly converted into Orlando Army Air Base, with a new municipal airport constructed ten miles south of Orlando. That airport quickly became Pinecastle Air Force Base, then McCoy Air Force Base and is today’s Orlando International Airport. Many of the military families stayed to settle after the war.
When Walt Disney decided to set his sights on Florida for his theme park, he had several options. HE arrived with his Walt Disney World theme park in 1971 after passing up Miami and Tampa to avoid hurricanes. Today, the Disney complex covers 47 square miles and includes many resorts, as well as four theme parks. Other resorts in the area include Universal Orlando, Sea World of Orlando, LEGOLAND Florida, and others, bringing thousands of tourists to the area every year.
You came to the Orlando area to explore and experience a fun, relaxing getaway with loved ones. Enjoy an stress-free, worry-free stay when you book a vacation rental provided by Tropical Escape Vacation Homes. Your small group or family will enjoy a two-bedroom unit, or you can plan a larger group getaway and book a ten-bedroom single-family home. Enjoy private outdoor spaces like a balcony or deck. Make a meal in the fully equipped kitchen, then spread out in an open living area.
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