The History of Tampa

The history of Tampa can be traced even to thousands of years. Habitation within the area can be traced back to thousands of years. According to historians, the first inhabitants in Tampa can be traced since 500BC to 700BC which is the Manasota Culture. It was during the time when the Spanish explorers arrived when they attempted to settle in the area. However, their attempt wasn’t successful and they won’t make another attempt mid-1500s.

Tampa’s modern history started around 1824. It started when Fort Brooke was founded located at the mouth of the Hillsborough River. However, it was only in 1855 when civilian population came to Tampa. During the early years of establishment of Tampa, there were conflicts that occurred against the Seminole tribe.

Aside from the conflicts, the first half-century involved a number of problems as well including yellow fever and even poor transportation links. Tampa experienced tough times during the United States Civil War and even during the Reconstruction. In fact, the city government of Tampa was disincorporated for the more than 10 years.

By the time 1880s hit, it was when Tampa’s economy grew. There was the construction of the first railroad that linked to the town and helped the development of the thriving cigar and phosphate industries. What it did is to create many opportunities and grew the Tampa population from 800 residents in 1880 to over 15,000 by 1900. At this point, it became one of the largest cities in the state of Florida.

Tampa’s growth continued as it became Tampa’s financial and commercial hub by the 20th century. The number of residents in Tampa reached 100,000 by 1930s and even exploded to 250,000 during the 1950s. Tampa also expanded making over the years as it annexed the West Tampa area in 1925 and Sulphur Springs and Palma Ceia during the 1950s. It continued its expansion even during the 60s and 80s eventually absorbing Port Tampa and New Tampa.

There were problems along the way because of the fast growth in Tampa’s economy. Among the most common problems that Tampa encountered were the rampant organized crime activity and lawlessness in its area. There was also electoral fraud along with vigilantism against immigrants and African-Americans living within the city.

By the turn of the 21st century, Tampa became more stable. The necessary changes were already applied and redeveloping the run-down areas have become a priority for Tampa. Today, Tampa is a hub not only for businesses it is also a great spot where you can enjoy the best beaches. People visit Tampa these days for different reasons.