44 Facts About Tampa


Tampa is a city on the Gulf Coast of the U S state of Florida.

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Tampa is the largest city in the Tampa Bay area and the seat of Hillsborough County.

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Tampa functioned as a military center during the 19th century with the establishment of Fort Brooke.

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Tampa was formally reincorporated as a city in 1887, following the Civil War.

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Today, Tampa's economy is driven by tourism, health care, finance, insurance, technology, construction, and the maritime industry.

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City is part of the Tampa-St Petersburg-Clearwater, Florida Metropolitan Statistical Area which is a four-county area composed of roughly 3.

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Tampa described Tanpa as an important Calusa town to the north of the Calusa domain, possibly under another chief.

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Tampa Bay was labeled Bahia de Espiritu Santo in the earliest Spanish maps of Florida, but became known as B Tampa as early as 1576.

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Population of "Tampa Town" was about 800 by 1870 and dropped to about 700 by 1880.

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The once-struggling village of Tampa became a bustling boomtown almost overnight and had grown into one of the largest cities in Florida by 1900.

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Since Tampa was still a small town at the time, Ybor built hundreds of small houses around his factory to accommodate the immediate influx of mainly Cuban and Spanish cigar workers.

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The factories in Ybor City and West Tampa made an enormous number of cigars—in the peak year of 1929, over 500 million cigars were hand rolled in the city.

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Tampa's geography is marked by the Interbay Peninsula which divides Hillsborough Bay from Old Tampa Bay .

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Since the Tampa area is home to a diverse range of freeze-sensitive agriculture and aquaculture, hard freezes, although quite rare, are a major concern.

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Tampa is home to the Bro Bowl, one of the last remaining skateparks built during skateboarding's "Golden Era" in the 1970s.

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Tampa has several Jewish synagogues practicing Orthodox, Conservative, and Reform.

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Since the year 2000, Tampa has seen a notable upsurge in high-market demand from consumers, signaling more wealth concentrated in the area.

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Downtown Tampa is undergoing significant development and redevelopment in line with a general national trend toward urban residential development.

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Port Tampa Bay is the seventh largest in the nation and Florida's largest tonnage port, handling nearly half of all seaborne commerce that passes through the state.

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Besides smaller regional cruise ships such as Yacht Starship and SunCruz Casino, Tampa serves as a port of call for three cruise lines: Holland America's MS Ryndam, Royal Caribbean's Grandeur of the Seas and Radiance of the Seas, and Carnival's Inspiration and Legend.

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Tampa is home to a variety of stage and performing arts venues and theaters, including the David A Straz Jr.

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Tampa is rated sixth on Maxim magazine's list of top party cities.

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Tampa is home to several death metal bands, an extreme form of heavy metal music that evolved from thrash metal in the mid-late 1980s.

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The Tampa scene grew with the birth of Morrisound Recording, which established itself as an international recording destination for metal bands.

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Tampa area is home to a number of museums that cover a wide array of subjects and studies.

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Tampa has a diverse culinary scene from small cafes and bakeries to bistros and farm-to-table restaurants.

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The food of Tampa has a history of Cuban, Spanish, Floribbean and Italian cuisines.

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Tampa is the birthplace of the Florida version of the deviled crab and the Cuban sandwich, which has been officially designated as the "signature sandwich of the city of Tampa" by the city council.

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Tampa Bay History Center is a museum in the Channel District.

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Previously, Tampa had been home to the Floriland Mall, Tampa Bay Center, and East Lake Square Mall .

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The Port of Tampa is the year-round home port for Carnival Cruise Lines' MS Carnival Paradise and seasonally, the MS Carnival Pride.

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Tampa is a seasonal port for Holland America Line, Norwegian Cruise Line, Celebrity Cruises, as well as Royal Caribbean International's MS Rhapsody of the Seas and MS Radiance of the Seas.

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Cruise itineraries from Tampa include stops in the Western Caribbean islands, Honduras, Belize, and Mexico.

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Tampa hosted the 2012 Republican National Convention and the 15th International Indian Film Academy Awards in April 2014.

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Tampa is currently represented by teams in three major professional sports leagues: the National Football League, the National Hockey League, and Major League Baseball.

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Tampa was home to the Tampa Bay Bandits of the United States Football League.

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Tampa became the first city in Florida to host a major league team for spring training in 1913, when the Chicago Cubs trained at Plant Field.

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The Tampa Smokers were the city's first minor league team, beginning play as charter members of the new Florida State League in 1919.

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University of Tampa Spartans compete in 20 sports at the NCAA Division II level in the Sunshine State Conference .

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Tampa's libraries are a part of a larger library network, The Hillsborough County Public Library Cooperative, which includes the libraries of the neighboring municipalities of Temple Terrace and Plant City.

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University of Tampa is a private, four-year liberal arts institution.

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Tampa is served by three airports that provide significant scheduled passenger air service:.

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Port of Tampa is the largest port in Florida in throughput tonnage, making it one of the busiest commercial ports in North America.

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Public mass transit in Tampa is operated by the Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority, and includes public bus as well as a streetcar line.

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