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Manatee County

Year Founded: 1903


In 1854, Dr. Joseph Braden, a pioneer sugar planter in this section, built his home here, close to the point where Hernando DeSoto had first landed on the Florida peninsula in 1539. When a post office was established in 1878, the spelling was by error given as “Braidentown.” The “i” was later dropped and, in 1924, the “w” was eliminated to make the present spelling. Bradenton is the county seat.

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