In 1539, Spanish Conquistador Hernando de Soto sailed into South Tampa Bay and made landing at Little Manatee River.
This South Bay area he called ZaraSota or "Radiance of Soto".
Zara is #Arabic for 'radiance' and the surname Soto is derived from the Latin saltus, meaning a wooded copse or grove surrounded by meadowlands.
Originally, both Bradenton (Manatee County) and #Sarasota (Sarasota...
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3 Historic Places in Sarasota, FL