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One of the first Spanish explorers to land in North America, Hernando de Soto came ashore with his men and 200 horses near what is now Bradenton in 1539; this federal park commemorates De Soto's expedition and the Native Americans he and his crew encountered. During the height of tourist season, from mid-December to late April, park staff and volunteers dress in period costumes at Camp Uzita, demonstrate the use of 16th-century weapons, and show how European explorers prepared and preserved food for their overland journeys. The season ends with a reenactment of the explorer's landing. The site also offers a film and short nature trail through the mangroves.

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  • Address: 8300 De Soto Memorial Hwy., Bradenton, FL 34209 | Map It
  • Phone: 941/792–0458 Ext. 105
  • Cost: Free
  • Hours: Visitor center daily 9–5, grounds daily dawn–dusk.
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  • Location: Bradenton
Updated: 04-04-2013

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    Sarasota Must See

    Very informative with a beautiful nature trail. See how people lived in ancient and early Sarasota.

    by Hedy, 4/23/07

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