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Tampa is a city in Florida, in Hillsborough County on the west coast. It’s a lovely place to live, built around Tampa Bay. It has all the southern charm you expect with all the benefits of a modern city. It’s an excellent place to live and work.
HISTORY OF TAMPA
What is now Tampa was original home to the Calusa, Tocobaga and the Pohoy people. The name is believed to have come from the Calusa term for “sticks of fire” or lightning for the sheer amount of lightning strikes we experience each summer.
The Spanish surveyed the area in the 1520s but were repulsed by the peoples and left soon after. This led to further exploration by the Spanish which found no resources of worth, leading those to move on too. It is believed that these Spanish explorers brought illness to the people that they had no natural immunity to, or treatment for.
When the US government bought Florida from the Spanish in 1821, they sent the army in to suppress the area and wiped out many of the native villages. They built forts and made efforts to keep the area under control.
The first known settlers were George Mercer Brooke and James Gadsden, who built homes in Tampa Bay in 1824. They also built a trading post called Fort Brooke that survived thanks to the few settlers who came down this way until the Second Seminole War in 1835. That conflict saw the area all but abandoned until it ended some years later.
Once the region settled, people returned and made Tampa their home. It wasn’t until the discovery of phosphor in the 1880s that wealth came to the area. It prompted the need for the Port of Tampa and brought wealth and immigrants to the area. The arrival of the railroad cemented that with other industries and saw steady growth for the city.
Tampa benefits from a tropical climate, meaning long hot summers, mild winters and plenty of storm activity. The summers are hot and humid, with rainfall and storms likely every year. We get a little snow, but rarely, although we do get light freezes in the depth of our winter.
Every few years we get a big storm that makes the news and also makes our lives interesting for a couple of days. While violent and destructive, we view them as the price we have to pay for living somewhere so nice.
GETTING AROUND TAMPA
You’ll likely fly into Tampa International Airport if you’re coming here direct. The airport is near Tampa Bay and a short trip from the city. There are also Saint Petersburg-Clearwater International Airport and Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport, both of which serve smaller airlines.
We have an Amtrak station serving national routes from Miami to New York that stop here. We also have TECO Line streetcars and a trolley system that serves the business districts. Buses are run by Greyhound and HART has a range of routes to serve commuters. Car is our main form of transport and it’s relatively easy to get around here with a hire car or your own.
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