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Negro League baseball during the 1890s.

Located south of Ocala, the city of Santos was a notable stop, along the southeast circuit of Negro League baseball, during the 1890s. Baseball became a huge attraction in this area, attracting crowds from neighboring towns. In the 1920s, construction began on the Cross Florida Barge Canal, though never completed, it’s construction displaced the community. This history is preserved and honored at the Historic Santos Recreation Area along the Marjorie Harris Carr Cross Florida Greenway, complete with a new baseball diamond to memorialize the community.


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