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Astatula

Lake County

Year Founded: 1927

History

Lake Harris , on which this town is situated, was formerly called Lake Astatula . The translation of this Indian word differs, including “smiling waters,” “rippling waters,” “sunbeam,” “sparkling waters,” “tinted waters” and “rainbow waters.” One more authority, who turns his back on such poetic interpretation, says the word comes from “ista,” meaning “people,” and “italwa,” meaning “tribes,” and hence means “people of many tribes.” Still another points out that “atula” is the Timucuan word for “arrow.” The use of the name goes back to around 1880

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