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    Day Trip: The De Soto Trail

    By Larry Elliston

    It was near present-day Bradenton that Spanish conquistador Hernando De Soto began a four-year expedition that ultimately opened new areas of North America to European exploration. On this Bradenton excursion, Larry Elliston stops by the De Soto National Memorial to check out the start of the historic De Soto Trail. Also on the day’s menu, pasta with a side order of music at Ortygia and a colorful look at Bradenton's Village of the Arts, one of Florida’s largest art communities.