Gulf of Mexico
Markers: Sarasota History
As you gaze over the Gulf of Mexico, you can imagine seeing Spanish ships of the 1500s going north, and the canoes of the Timucan and Calusa Indians scurrying for cover. The explorer, Hernando de Soto, and the pirate, Jean Lafitte, are reported to have landed near here.
During the Civil War, Union ships carrying Confederate prisoners of war sailed south from Tampa to the prison camp at Fort Jefferson in the Dry Tortugas. In 1897, troop ships ferried U.S. troops south in the Spanish American War.
During World War II, German submarines were reported in these waters.