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The area known as Manatee County opened for settlement at the close of the Second Seminole War in 1841. This was due to Congress s passage of the Armed Occupational Act of 1842, which allowed settlers to claim 160 acres of land at a cost of $1.25 an acre if they were able to bear arms and live on the land for five years. It wasn t long before settlers appeared up and down the beautiful Manatee River, led by Josiah Gates and his family on the south side. Many of his friends had suffered losses with the collapse of the Union ...

Manatee County 2007, Arcadia Publishing (SC), Charleston, SC

ISBN-13: 9780738553139

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Manatee County 2007, Arcadia Publishing Library Editions

ISBN-13: 9781531633400