Editor’s note: This summer we will be “On the Road” with our friends from History. We are grateful to Dr. Libby O’Connell and her team for sharing their expertise and knowledge with us about Florida history. Please enjoy the above video and learning more about Henry B. Plant.
On the Road learning more about Henry B. Plant: A former New Englander, Henry B. Plant moves to Florida before the Civil War. When peace returns, the Southern economy lies in ruins, but Plant sees an opportunity. He buys up the bankrupted railroads and abandoned steamships, building a major transportation hub on Florida’s west coast. A true visionary, Plant converts Tampa from a small town to a vital shipping center.
Do you know other interesting tidbits about Henry B. Plant? We welcome your comments and questions below.
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