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North Port

Sarasota County

Year Founded: 1959Previously known as: North Port Charlotte


North Port was platted by Mackle Brothers and its successor, General Development Corporation (GDC), throughout the 1960s and 1970s. The city was first known as North Port Charlotte, but its name was shortened to “North Port” to distinguish it from the large, GDC-developed area of Port Charlotte to the south.

The city of North Port has two sites listed in the National Historical Registry. Both are archeological treasures. Little Salt Spring is recognized by the National Park Service as one of the oldest sites of human habitation in North America. GDC donated its 113 acres of land to the University of Miami in 1982 following the discovery of a prehistoric graveyard. Artifacts more than 12,000 years old have been found on the upper ledges of this spring. Meanwhile, Warm Mineral Springs, which maintains 87 degrees all year round and has one of the highest mineral contents in the world, surfaced a 10,000-year-old human skull with remains. Experts say the site is home to pre-historic animal remains, as well. This has led scientists to further understand our past.

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