National Hispanic Heritage Month: Manuel A. Gonzalez

Steamship captain Manuel A. Gonzalez (1832-1902) immigrated to the United States from his native Spain in 1846. He became a naturalized U.S. citizen in 1859. During the Civil War, he put his maritime skills to effective use by using a boat on a regular basis to transport needed supplies to the Union Army troops stationed at a federal garrison known as Fort Myers on Florida’s southwest coast. He also delivered mail to and from that location. Not long after the war ended, Gonzalez sailed back to the site of the now-abandoned fort and founded the present-day city and commercial center that is also called Fort Myers.

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