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County Information
The county seat and largest city is Bradenton. The county was created in January 9, 1855.
It was named for the Florida manatee, an endangered animal, and Florida's official marine mammal. 

This area was opened to settlement in 1842. The first two settlers were Joseph Braden and Hector Braden who moved into an area near the Manatee River. The two had lost their land for their plantations in Northern Florida during the Panic of 1837. The brothers moved into a log cabin 5 miles north of the mouth of the Manatee River. Four years later Hector drowned while trying to cross the Manatee River in his horse during a hurricane. Despite this tragic event, Joseph decided that he would still build his sugar plantation, the Braden sugarmill, at the mouth of the Manatee River and the Braden River. He later built a dock where Main Street was and fortified the area near his house, building a stockade. A few years later in 1851 he would build the Braden Castle, which was made out of tabby and served as his residence. It would later become a popular tourist attraction in the early 1900s with Tin Can Tourists. He would only stay there for the next six years before moving to Tallahassee.

It ranks sixteenth amongst Florida counties in population.

Anna Maria ~ Bradenton ~ Bradenton Beach ~ Holmes Beach ~ Palmetto

 Longboat Key

Census-designated places

 Bayshore Gardens ~ Cortez ~ Ellenton ~ Memphis ~ Samoset ~ South Bradenton ~ West Bradenton ~ West Samoset ~ Whitfield

Unincorporated Places
Duette ~ Village of the Arts ~ Myakka City ~ Oneco ~ Parrish ~ Terra Ceia ~ Rubonia ~ Gillette ~ Palm View ~ Memphis Heights
Palma Sola ~ Manavista ~ Fort Hamer ~ Manhattan ~ Oak Knoll ~ Waterbury ~ Verna ~ Marsh Island ~ Snead Island ~ Rattlesnake Key
Rye ~ Elwood Park ~ Ward Lake ~ Cedar Hammock ~ Willow ~ Foxleigh ~ Lake Manatee ~ Tara ~ Lakewood Ranch

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Website Updates:
June 2017: 1916 City Directories (under "Census);  List of churches.  Obits for RILES, LANDRUM, ROBERTS, LANE, BALL, LESLIE, TAYLOR
.  Burials in Parrish Cemetery, Gillette Cemetery, Fogartyville Cemetery, Fortner Cemetery



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