Manatee History Matters: Florida's shores, blockade runners played big role in Civil War

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Manatee History Matters: Florida's shores, blockade runners played big role in Civil War
By Krystin Van Leuven/Special to the Herald

August 12, 2014

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Confederate blockade running during the Civil War helped the rebel cause especially along the 1,400 miles of Florida coast.Photo courtesy of Manatee County Public Library Historical Image Digital Collection


Of the 11 states that would create the Confederate States of America, Florida was the third state to secede from the Union, and the least populated.

Instead of manpower, Florida's contribution to the war effort centered on supplying the Confederate army with salt, cattle, citrus and corn whiskey. But with the Union forces attempting to blockade nearly 3,500 miles of the Southern coastline, 1,400 miles of which were Florida's shores, getting those supplies to the Confederate army was difficult, to say the least.

The blockade infringed on various international treaties and could have cost the U.S. government dearly if they had lost the war. Regardless, its success is evident. By stopping trade, the Federals were able to stop much of the assistance that the South might have received from foreign countries, in addition to the supplies produced by other states in the South.

More: http://www.bradenton.com/2014/08/12/5298772/manatee-history-matters-floridas.html
 
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