Tarpon Springs was settled by enterprising Greek immigrants at the end of the 19th century. Located at the mouth of the Anclote River in Central West Florida, Tarpon Springs was an ideal place for them to practice sponge diving, a trade their families had practiced for generations in Greece.
Sponge diving is alive and well in Tarpon Springs.
Indeed, sponges were abundant in the Gulf of Mexico at the turn of the 20th century, and Tarpon Springs thrived. Dodecanese Street, where shops and eateries face rows of docks, positively bustled with activity. So long as the sponges were healthy and numerous, so were the businesses of Tarpon Springs. (more…)