The Rise of Central Florida Politics: From Orlando Reeves to Francis Eppes

The history of Central Florida politics dates back to 1838, when the Seminole Wars were at their peak. To protect settlers from Indian attacks, the army built Fort Gatlin south of the current Orlando city limits. It is said that Orlando Reeves, a sentinel watching the camp, saw a log floating towards him and fired his gun to warn his fellow soldiers. Unfortunately, he was hit by arrows and died in the ambush.

He was buried on the south side of Lake Eola. Orlando has gone from being a hub for Florida's citrus industry in the 19th century to becoming a major tourist destination in the 20th century. In recent years, regional leaders have worked hard to diversify Orlando's economy and create new opportunities for residents. Today, Orlando is a leader in the 21st century innovation economy. Don Price, City of Orlando Sexton, sheds light on Francis Eppes and his family's contributions to the city of Orlando. By advocating for honesty and hard work among his political peers, Odham was able to help propel Florida into a new era of growth, prosperity, and equal treatment before the law for all.

He promised to be tough on gangsters and create equal opportunities for everyone in Florida, regardless of race. During the 1940s and 1950s, Florida's political scene underwent great changes while simultaneously resisting them.

Désirée Lejeune
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