Day: February 8, 2020

Black History Month Pathfinder Profiles: Joseph Blanchard

Joseph Blanchard was a sea captain and savvy business owner who played a significant role in establishing southwest Florida. Blanchard was conceived during slavery and born shortly after the 1863 Emancipation Proclamation. A successful businessman, Blanchard owned several businesses in Punta Gorda including orange groves, a vegetable stand and fishing boats. Blanchard was one of…

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