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Capt. Frederick Tresca, was a young French cabin boy on a ship carrying Napoleon. He grew up on the high seas eventually moving to America where he pledged allegiance to the United States in Key West in 1838. His sloop, the Margaret Ann, ran a prosperous trade route from Cedar Key to Key West with stops to Fort Brooke (Tampa) and Indian trading posts. He brought the first homesteaders, the Gates, and others to new settlements on the Manatee River and operated the Egmont Key Lighthouse. During the Civil War he ran dangerous blockades carrying scarce provisions to struggling Southerners. His sailing expertise facilitated the successful escape of the Confederate Secretary of State, Judah P. Benjamin at the War's conclusion.
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We searched the National Archives Catalog and located the series National Register of Historic Places and National Historic Landmarks Program Records, 2013 - 2017 in the Records of the National Park Service (Record Group 79) that includes a file unit about the Judah P. Benjamin Memoria. The file also contains some narrative information about Captain Frederick Tresca with a list of citations that may be useful for you. The file has been digitized and can be viewed in the Catalog.
If Captain Tresca ever served in the U.S. military, the National Archives at Washington, DC - Textual Reference (RDT1) may be able to help you locate information related to his military service. Please contact RDT1 at firstname.lastname@example.org for further assistance.
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Additionally, the Florida Memory Project at the State Library and Archives of Florida has digitized a photograph of Tresca and a Historical Sketch of Manatee County that may be helpful to your research. You may wish to contact them directly to see if they can offer any assistance.
Finally, we located an article in the Bradenton Herald that may be of interest to you.
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