Sun Coast: unveiling Florida’s rich tapestry

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Florida’s Sun Coast, stretching from Tampa Bay south, echoes tales of pirates, pioneers and cultural heritage. Immerse yourself in 19th-century life at Edison and Ford Winter Estates in Fort Myers, where the innovative minds of Thomas Edison and Henry Ford used to roam around. Step back further in time at De Soto National Memorial in Bradenton and hike through the natural beauty where Spanish explorer Hernando de Soto is believed to have landed in 1539.

For a glimpse into the lives of early Floridians, visit Manatee Village Historical Park in Bradenton to tour a once-bustling village from the 19th century.

– Erin McIntyre with AI assist*

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