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De Land

The State of Florida is a state in the southeastern United States. Florida is situated mostly on a large peninsula between the Gulf of Mexico, the Atlantic Ocean, and the Straits of Florida. It extends to the northwest into a panhandle, extending along the northern Gulf of Mexico. Florida's nickname is the Sunshine State but severe weather is a common occurrence in the state. It is bordered on the north by the states of Georgia and Alabama, and on the west, at the end of the panhandle, by Alabama.
DeLand is the county seat of Volusia County, Florida. The population was 20,904 at the 2000 census. As of 2004, the population recorded by the U.S. Census Bureau is 22,857. DeLand, nicknamed the Athens of Florida, is the home of Stetson University. The downtown area, including downtown DeLand's historic garden district has been undergoing extensive renovations in recent years.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 41.6 square kilometers. The city is named for Henry A. DeLand. It was founded in 1876, and incorporated in 1882. DeLand was the first city in Florida to have electricity. Stetson University in DeLand is Florida's first private university, founded in 1883 by Henry A. DeLand and originally called the DeLand Academy. John B. Stetson, whose name is also associated with the hats he manufactured, was a founding trustee of the university; the university was named after him in 1889. The sports teams are appropriately referred to as the Hatters. In 1900, Stetson created the first law school in Florida.
There are some interested sites like Bush Gardens Tampa Bay, Citrus Tower Inc, Cypruss Gardens, Walt Disney World, Disney's Animal Kindom, Disney MGM Studios and Epcot, and Orlando Auditorium.
Like some of its sister municipalities and towns, DeLand is blessed with beautiful surroundings and a unique natural setting. The picturesque scenery, the majesty of nature, the slow pace of life, and the welcoming nature of its people all combine to make this region one of the most important tourist attractions in Florida.

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