USF St. Petersburg campus Master's Theses (Graduate)


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Joseph Paul Robles emigrated to America from Spain in the 1830s, married and settled in Hernando County in Florida in the 1840s. The growing city of Tampa drew the young Robles family away from the primitive settlement at Bentenville. When the Civil War broke out, the father and three eldest sons entered into the service for the Confederacy. The oldest son served in the Army of Tennessee, the next two eldest joined the Cow Cavalry to protect the local beef needed to feed the Confederate army. Joseph Paul due to his age volunteered for the local home guard for the city of Tampa. This paper places these contributions of this Spanish immigrant family into the context of Florida and local Tampa area history before, during and after the Civil War. Information concerning The Robles family history was found in Tampa newspaper interviews of Joseph Paul Jr. at the celebrations of various milestone birthdays during his 104 year life. Other information about the family came from public records, pensions and oral history given by Robles’ descendants.


A thesis submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Liberal Arts, College of Arts and Sciences, University of South Florida St. Petersburg.

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