Interactions between native peoples and the Spanish were brief and often violent, and although the newcomers did not stay for long, they introduced European diseases which brought the collapse of native societies across the Florida peninsula over the ensuing decades.
Although Spain claimed all of Florida and beyond as part of New Spain, it did not found a colony on the west coast.
A mix of Cuban, Italian, and Spanish immigrants began arriving in the late 1800s to live and work in the new communities of Ybor City and West Tampa.
By about 1900, these newcomers came to be known as "tampeños" (or "tampeñas" for females), a term that is still sometimes used to refer to their descendants living in the area.
The first civilian residents were pioneer ranchers and farmers who settled near the fort for protection from the nearby Seminole population.
When Spanish explorers arrived in the 1520s, they found Tocobaga villages around the northern half of Tampa Bay and Calusa villages along the southern portion of the bay.People from Tampa are generally known as "Tampans" or "Tampanians".Local authorities consulted by Michael Kruse of the Tampa Bay Times suggest that "Tampan" was historically more common, while "Tampanian" became popular when the former term came to be seen as a potential insult.In the mid-1880s, Tampa's fortunes took several sudden turns for the better.First, phosphate was discovered in the Bone Valley region southeast of Tampa in 1883.Tampa Bay was blockaded by the United States Navy during the war, and Tampa fell into a long period of economic stagnation that continued long after the war ended. Petersburg-Clearwater, Florida Metropolitan Statistical Area. The four-county area is composed of roughly 2.9 million residents, The Greater Tampa Bay area has over 4 million residents and generally includes the Tampa and Sarasota metro areas. Between 20, the Greater Tampa Bay Market experienced a combined growth rate of 14.8 percent, growing from 3.4 million to 3.9 million and hitting the 4 million population mark on April 1, 2007.The situation finally improved in the 1880s, when the first railroad links, the discovery of phosphate, and the arrival of the cigar industry jump-started its development, helping Tampa to grow from an isolated village with less than 800 residents in 1880 to a bustling city of over 30,000 by the early 1900s. When the pioneer community living near the US Army outpost of Fort Brooke was incorporated in 1849, it was called "Tampa Town", and the name was shortened to simply "Tampa" in 1855. The word "Tampa" may have meant "sticks of fire" in the language of the Calusa, a Native American tribe that once lived south of today's Tampa Bay.Expeditions led by Pánfilo de Narváez and Hernando de Soto landed near Tampa, but neither conquistador stayed long.The native inhabitants repulsed any Spanish attempt to establish a permanent settlement or convert them to Catholicism.If you are a human trafficking victim seeking help, be aware that computer and internet usage can be monitored.If you are afraid your activity is being monitored, close your browser after visiting this site and/or call the hotline above.