ORLANDO CITY HISTORY

07/25/2020


Orlando History
Orlando's history dates back to 1838 and the height of the Seminole Wars. The U.S. Army built Fort Gatlin south of the present-day Orlando City limits to protect settlers from attacks by Indians. ... The Town of Orlando was incorporated in 1875 with 85 inhabitants, 22 of whom were qualified voters.

The Reconstruction Era brought on a population explosion, resulting in the incorporation of the Town of Orlando on July 31, 1875, with 85 residents (22 voters). For a short time in 1879, the town revoked its charter and was subsequently re-incorporated. Orlando was established as a city in 1885.
Orlando is quickly becoming one of the fastest-growing areas in the state due to tourism and other industries. Business growth is turning Orlando into a boomtown, according to a new study. The city finished in the top 25 for Magnify Money's fastest-growing U.S. cities.

Florida's Economy: The 6 Industries Driving GDP Growth
•Tourism. A record 126.1 million tourists visited Florida in 2018, a 6.2% percent increase over the 118.8 million visitors in 2017. ...
Agriculture...
•International Trade. ...
•Aerospace and Aviation. ...
•Life Sciences. ...
•Financial Services.

•Orlando was established as a city in 1885. The period from 1875 to 1895 is remembered as Orlando's Golden Era, when it became the hub of Florida's citrus industry.

•Oranges
•Central Florida was the capital of Florida citrus in the early years, especially around the time of the founding of Lake Maitland – 1885. This area lead the world in citrus production until several freezes devastated groves, pushing the citrus operations further south. Cyrus Brooks Thurston had a variety of citrus on his 160 acres of Maitland land.

Orlando is quickly becoming one of the fastest growing areas in the state due to tourism and other industries. Business growth is turning Orlando into a boomtown, according to a new study. The city finished in the top 25 for Magnify.

•When Florida was first acquired by the United States, future President Andrew Jackson  who served as its military governor. Florida Territory was established in 1822 and five people served as governor over 6 distinct terms. The first territorial governor, William Pope Duval, served 12 years, the longest of any Florida governor to date.

•Since statehood in 1845, there have been 45 people who have served as governor, one of whom served two distinct terms. Four state governors have served two full four-year terms: William D. Bloxham, in two stints, as well as Reubin Askew, Jeb Bush and Rick Scott who each served their terms consecutively. 

•Bob Graham almost served two terms, as he resigned with only three days left. The shortest term in office belongs to Wayne Mixson, who served three days following the resignation of his predecessor, Bob Graham.

The current officeholder is Ron DeSantis, a member of the Republican Party who took office on January 8, 2019.