Fort Gatlin established

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09 Nov 1838

Fort Gatlin, in present day Orlando, was established on this date. Ltc.  Alexander C. W. Fanning and four companies of the 4th U.S. Artillery built the fort as part of a string of fortifications stretching across central Florida during the Second Seminole War (1835-1842.) Although no major military engagements took place at the fort and it was abandoned by the U.S. military in 1839, some early central Florida settlers built up a small community and by 1856 the community of Fort Gatlin became the county seat of the newly formed Orange County.


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