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Bradenton

History The City of Bradenton is the seat of Manatee County, Florida. The earliest human settlement in Bradenton dates back thousands of years ago before Spanish conquistador Hernando de Soto arrived...

Clearwater

History Tocobagan Indians first inhabited Clearwater long before the Europeans came and settled in the area in the 1830s. Dr. Odet Philippe, a French surgeon was the first European settler in...

Tarpon Springs

History Immigrants, mostly composed of the Greeks, came around in the 1880s and settled in Tarpon Springs. The seabed has a lot of sponges which caught the attention of the Greeks, whose occupation...

St. Petersburg

History St. Petersburg was founded by John Williams of Detroit and Peter Demens. General John Williams bought over 2,000 acres of land on Tampa bay and envisioned a city of parks and broad streets...

Tampa

History Panfilo de Narvaez was the first Spanish explorer to land in Tampa Bay area in 1528. No permanent habitats had been made, but in 1824, the US federal government established for the Seminole...

Punta Gorda

History Punta Gorda or “Fat point” in English is the oldest city in Charlotte County. Originally named Town of Trabue, after the city’s first settler, founder and developer, Punta Gorda is a...

Pine Island

History Pine island is a 17 mile long island, off Florida’s coast with vibrant history and rich natural treasures. Calusa Indians were the first known inhabitant from 300 AD to 1513. The Calusas...

Naples

History In the late 1880s, the former Confederate general and Kentucky U.S. Senator John Stuart Williams and Louiseville businessman Walter Haldeman instituted Naples. From the 1870s to the...

Fort Meyers

History Fort Myers was a military base during the Seminole Wars in 1800s and named after Colonel Abraham C. Myers. After the war in 1858, troops abandoned their camps and Fort Myers but was...

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