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Sarasota, Florida, USA

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Where is Sarasota, Florida, USA? 

Sarasota, Sarasota, Florida, USA
Europeans first explored the area in the early sixteenth century. The first recorded contact was in 1513, when a Spanish expedition landed at Charlotte Harbor, just to the south. Spanish was used by the natives during some of the initial encounters, providing evidence of earlier contacts.

Having been identified on maps by the mid-eighteenth century as Zara Zote, perhaps from an indigenous name, the sheltered bay and its harbor attracted fish and marine traders. Soon there were fishing camps, called ranchos, along the bay that were established by both Americans and Cubans who traded fish and turtles with merchants in Havana. Florida changed hands between the Spanish, the English, and then the Spanish again.

After the 1819 acquisition of Florida as a territory by the United States and five years before it became a state in 1845, the army established Fort Armistead in Sarasota along the bay.
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After the 1819 acquisition of Florida as a territory by the United States and five years before it became a state in 1845, the army established Fort Armistead in Sarasota along the bay.

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European settlers arrived in significant numbers in the late 1840s. The area already had a Spanish name, Zara Zote, on maps dating back to the early eighteenth century, and it was retained as Sara Sota.

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In 1885 a Scots colony was established in Sarasota which was portrayed as a tropical paradise that had been built into a thriving town.

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SARASOTA, FLORIDA : Historical Look Back Through Vintage Postcards


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The village of Sarasota was incorporated for local government as a town under state guidelines in 1902 with John Hamilton Gillespie as mayor.

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1906
Sarasota, a post-village and resort of Manatee co., Fla., on Sarasota Bay, 110 miles S. of Cedar...Read MORE...

Sarasota was incorporated as a city in 1913, with A. B. Edwards as mayor.

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Ringling Brothers Circus established its winter home in Sarasota during 1919.

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(Sarasota) - In 1925, A. B. Edwards built a theater that could be adapted for either vaudeville performances or movie screenings.

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News  1942 - EIGHT ARMY MEN DEAD IN CRASH OF THEIR PLANE.
Sarasota, Fla., June 12. - (AP) - Eight army fliers were killed and two injured early today when a...Read MORE...


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