When John Greene Webb and his family left Utica, New York in 1867 to establish a homestead in the area today known as Historic Spanish Point, they were met with heat, humidity, snakes, alligators, insects, illness, fires and the likelihood of hurricanes.
In exchange for all that, if the Webbs could survive on their 160-acre “homestead” for five years, the land would be theirs. Despite the saw palmetto and rattle snakes, they did have plenty of wild turkeys, turtle eggs and turtle meat to eat plus native plants like sea grapes and hearts of palm from all the native palm trees. Little Sarasota Bay offered plenty of fish, clams, oysters, shrimp and bay scallops.
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