Orange County

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Orange County’s history is deeply woven into the fabric of Central Florida. Indigenous peoples likely inhabited the area for thousands of years before European arrival. Spanish explorers ventured into the region in the 16th century, but permanent settlements wouldn’t begin until the 19th century. The abundance of citrus fruits flourishing in the region led to the county’s namesake and a booming agricultural industry. Orlando, initially a small frontier town, was chosen as the county seat in 1850.

The 20th century ushered in a period of monumental growth for Orange County. The development of Walt Disney World in 1964 transformed the region into a global tourist destination. Today, Orange County thrives as a center of tourism, commerce, and culture, while still preserving its historical heritage.

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