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Oviedo, Florida on Qwiki

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Milestones in Oviedo/Florida’s History
- by Richard Adicks

1513 Ponce de Leon names Florida and claims it for Spain.
1562 French establish a colony at the mouth of the St. Johns (which they call the River of May).
1565 Spanish vanquish the French and establish St. Augustine, 42 years before the Jamestown settlement and 55 years before the Pilgrims land at Plymouth Rock.
1819 Spain cedes Florida to the United States.
1843 Henry Washington surveys the Lake Jesup area.
1845 Florida becomes a state.
1859 Walter Gwynn buys land south of Lake Jesup from the state of Florida and later builds a home for his family on Lake Charm.
1861 Florida secedes and joins the Confederate States of America.
1861-69 During and after the War Between the States, settlers homestead or buy land in the “Lake Jesup community”. Among them are Narcissa Melissa Lawton and her family, and George and Patience Powell whose son, Lewis (alias “Paine”), has been executed for his role in the Lincoln assassination.
1870 Dr. Henry Foster, from Clifton Springs, New York, begins to come here in the winters, buys land, and plants orange groves. In the 1880′s, he develops Lake Charm as a resort and encourages friends to build winter homes here.
1874 J.H. and Laura Lee come from north Florida by wagon, settle first at Lake Jesup, and later at Lake Charm.
1879 Appointed postmaster of the new post office, Andrew Aulin, a Swedish immigrant, names it “Oviedo” after the city in northern Spain.
1885 Butler Boston, son of a slave and a white physician, moves here with his father, becomes a citrus grower, bricklayer and community leader.
1886 Theodore Mead settles in Oviedo, grows citrus and flowers, and a greenhouse full of plants that will later become the nucleus of Mead Gardens in Winter Park.Steen Nelson and his brother found Nelson and Company, an agricultural business which, in 1923, is to be incorporated by B.F. Wheeler, Sr.
1895 Feb. 7th to 10th – A disastrous freeze wipes out most citrus groves in Florida.
1896 Farmers begin to grow celery, which is to become a major crop of the area.
1913 Seminole County is peeled out of Orange County.
1914 Fire destroys most of downtown.
1925 Oviedo is chartered by Legislature.
1968 Florida Technological University (later UCF) opens south of Oviedo.
1998 The Oviedo Marketplace opens.