• Sarasota County
  • Year Founded: 1902


The origin of the place-name “Sarasota” is unknown. Some believe it was named Sara de Soto after the daughter of Hernando de Soto and an unknown Indian woman. Others believe the name is derived from an Indian word meaning “Place of the Dance” (a festival gathering place). The name first appears in print as “Zarazote” on a land grant map of 1763. European settlers had been permanently living in the area since 1810, but the town was not platted until 1885.