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Apopka is a city in Orange county, Florida. The city’s population was 41, 542 at 2010 census. It is part of the Orlando-Kissimmee- Sanford Metrololitan Statistical area. Apopka comes from the Seminole word “Ahapopka” for “Potato eating place”. Apopka is often referred to as the ”Indoor Foliage Capital of the world”.
Apopka is a fast growing city and is expanding in all directions. Most notable are the new Lowes and Home Depot stores to the north of the city in the location of the previous Dunn citrus grove. Other businesses on the former Dunn citrus site includes Staples office supply and second Chili’s restaurant. Forbes magazine named Apopka the “14 Friendliest City in America” in December 2012.
History of Apopka
The earliest known inhabitants of Apopka were the Acuera people (native Americans). They had disappeared by 1730, probably decimated by diseases brought to Florida by Spanish colonists. At the conclusion of the Second Seminole War, the US Congress passed the Armed Occupation Act of 1842, forcing surviving natives at Apopka to abandon their village and seek refuge deeper in the wilderness of Florida peninsula. The early American settlers built a major trading center on the foundations of the earlier Indian settlement. The city was incorporated in the year 1929.