Tampa city is located on Tampa Bay on the west coast of Florida, neighboring the Gulf of Mexico. As per the 2016 population estimates, the city had around 377,165 people while the total population projection of the Tampa Bay area for 2017 stands at 4,536,854. The history of Tampa Florida is one which is really rich.
A dispute exists regarding where the present name “Tampa” originated from and its true meaning.One possible and widely agreed explanation is that the name means “sticks of fire” and originated from a Native American language of the Calusa. The meaning of the name is attributed to the several lightning strikes the area faced during months of summer.Another popular explanation of the name is that it means “a place to gather sticks”. The modern Tampa name was derived from “Tanpa”, which was the earliest version of the name as recorded by some historians.
There were a number of notable European explorations during the course of the history of Tampa Florida including the English and Spanish expeditions. Florida became a US territory in 1821 when the US supposedly purchased the land from Spain.This the US did to end the increasing Indian raids (insecurity) and to reform it from being the home of slaves. The Moultrie Creek treaty was signed in 1823 by the influential of the Seminoles.In its effect,the treaty created a huge Indian reservation in Florida,Interior Peninsular.
War (external and internal) and attacks and natural disasters including diseases were still common occurrences during these periodsto around 1880s and as a result any possible growth and developments were limited. For example in 1848 a tough hurricane almost completely destroyed the existing developments.The first church in Tampa was established in 1846 by a Methodist congregation but others also followed soon.
Fast growth of Tampa
Right around the same time discoveries of minerals and major developments were started in Tampa the main reason why the situation of Tampa improved. In 1883, phosphate mineral was discovered in the Bone Valley which is in the southeast region of Tampa.In fact in the present, Tampa is often referred to as the world’s capital of phosphate.Phosphate as you know is important in making fertilizers and other important products.In 1884,witnessed the first rail road link to the existing network in some surrounding parts.There was also the development of the hotel and cigar industry to spur the rapid growth.
At present, the metropolitan area is commonly referred to as the “Tampa Bay Area”. For the purposes of the census, the area is part of the Florida Metropolitan Statistical Area and Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater areas.
In conclusion, there are various researches that have ranked high the Tampa to show its growing importance. For example in 2008, Tampa was ranked as the 5th best outdoor city in the US by Forbes. Additionally, Mooney Magazine in 2015 ranked Tampa as the best big city to reside in,inside the Southeastern part of US.