Orlando is a major city in central Florida, USA and is the county seat of Orange County, Florida. It is also the principal city of Greater Orlando. The Orlando-Kissimmee MSA is Florida's third-largest metropolitan area, behind Miami and Tampa. Orlando is also home to the University of Central Florida, which is the second largest university in Florida in student enrollment and has the 6th largest enrollment in the nation.
Nicknamed The City Beautiful, O-Town, 407, Orlando is a great retreat for people who want to escape the winter chill.
Orlando was named after American soldier Orlando Reeves. No one knows the real story but it is said that he died fighting in the war against the Seminole Indians, others claim Orlando Reeves carved his name on a tree and many just assumed it was his grave marker so they called the area "Orlando's Grave". Soon it just became "Orlando".
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Orlando Historians date Orlando's name to around 1837, when a soldier named Orlando Reeves allegedly died in the area during the Second Seminole War. It seems, however, that Orlando Reeves (sometimes Rees) operated a sugar mill and plantation about 30 miles (50 km) to the north at Spring Garden in Volusia County, and pioneer settlers simply found his name carved into a tree and assumed it was a marker for his grave site. They then referred to the area as "Orlando's grave" and later simply Orlando. A memorial beside Lake Eola designates the spot where the city's namesake fell.