Sarasota Bay Rancho Video Game

The Cuban Fishing Industry Ranchos

The legacy of the 1770-1840s Cuban Fishing Industry is found in names across the geography of Sarasota and Manatee county. Phillippi Creek, Perico Island, Bunce's Pass are testimony to the imprint, seemingly forgotten, of fishermen who worked the waters of Sarasota Bay and Tampa Bay for the Havana market. To inspire interest in the Rancho Fishing Industry, two video games offer old and young alike the opportunity to engage the past.

The historical background: From the late 18th century through the mid-19th century, fishermen from Cuba set up camps on the shores of the Florida Gulf Coast, including Sarasota Bay, to fish its mullet, pompano, sea trout, red drum, sharks, and other marine resources. Known as the rancho fishing industry, Cuban fishermen sailed between Havana and the Florida Gulf Coast, with the industry expanding during British rule (1763-1783) and ending during the Second Seminole War (1835-1842). Researchers using archaeology and archival research are retrieving this important chapter in the history of the region. 

The Pre-Explore for Teachers


The Rancho Racing Game

Instructions for the Video Game


















Download the Rancho Racing Game here

The Role Playing Rancho Game 
Screen Capture from the Video Game

Download the Role Playing Rancho Game
(English version) here
Download the Role Playing Rancho Game (Spanish version) here

There are two Post-Explores for Teachers:

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