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Tampa firstly was inhabited by the indigenous people of the Tocobaga and the Poho tribes. During a period of its post conquistador era, it was part of the Spanish settlement of New Spain; although they never built an outpost on the land. It wasn't until the American's bought the land from Spain in 1819, that the Tampa Bay Area began a true European colonization. The place was a strategic post and pivotal spot for territorial defense; the bay offering the right amount of coverage and access from and to the Gulf.

It wasn't until the discovery of phosphate in the area, in the late 18-hundreds, that Tampa's fortune began to turn. It quickly morphed into a boomtown, a label that was rapidly exasperated when Henry Plant's South Florida Railway made Tampa an international tourist destination.

This last link allowed Tampa's fame to skyrocket. The last nail, to seal its fate as megalopolis, came in 1885 when the Tampa Board of Trade lured Vicente Martinez Ybor to move his cigar manufacturing operations to Tampa from Key West. Easy access to the sea, particularly Cuba - where Martinez obtained his "clear Havana tobacco", plus Plant's railroad made the decision up for the savvy entrepreneur. Tampa's population hit the stratosphere as workers from all trades of life and all cities flooded the once solitary frontier's town. In less than a few years, the Tampa Bay Area grew from a peaceful settlement of 800 to a fevered domain of 4 million

Location

Over the course of the years, Tampa has developed an almost preternatural gluttony for gorging on tourists and passersby. It is one of the main entryways for America proper; serving as an international door to most of Latin America.

Along with its brother in the East Coast, Tampa has obtained the status of immigration city. Its location strategic for maintaining a viable path between different logistical ports around the world.

Like Miami, Tampa is a prime Florida city; perhaps even greater in its scope than its neighboring sibling. It has an International Airport, as trafficked and bustling as MIA (Miami International Airport); numerous Highways and byways; and a thriving marine port that not only serves as headquarters of operations for cargo coming and going to the Gulf but as a Navy base and a Cruise ship dock.

Tampa's firm grip on the bay has gifted it with an enviable tourist trade. It's pristine beaches, its panoramic views and sweeping majestic natural landscapes and the fact that it is but an hour’s drive from Orlando and the Theme Park district make it an ideal location for anyone to set up shop and start their vacations.

Also, as a city, Tampa offers a hodgepodge of artistic lines and cultural branching. Downtown Tampa, in particular, is an ever-changing architectural scape. A mixture of stylish Neo-Romantic veneers interviewed with the Post-Modernist standard and Bauhaus flair of a contemporary urban metropolis.

Weather

The Weather so close to the Gulf Stream and Atlantic currents is an ever-changing spectacle. It varies from one second to the next. Tampa, being a bay city, is no stranger to sudden shifts in the

barometer and thermometer. The climate is a medley of typical Tropical Elements. The summers hot, humid and scorching. The winters pleasant with a slight breeze.

Thunderstorms are a common occurrence in the area as well as massive displays of electricity. Tampa earning the nickname: "Lightning Capital Of The World.”

Shopping

Like all high functioning megalopolis, Tampa has a wealth of shopping establishments and districts. There's a store, a boutique, even an outlet that will have what you seek. All major stores and even odd unique off the rack fashion brands have a chain somewhere in the Tampa district. Shopping malls and big box stores are a dime a dozen.

Restaurants

Tampa is a buffet for the senses as far as culinary delights are concerned. In particular, the Downtown Area has its fair share of high-end restaurants. Eateries that cater to a steady stream of tourists and jet-setters, as well as corporate heads and CEO's. Most skyscrapers are home to some of the best cuisine the world has to offer. Chefs trained in ancient arts, whose crafts and artistry borders on the supernatural. You can't go wrong in choosing where to eat in Tampa. The Only real problem you'll face is in picking your intended victim.

Nightlife

Tampa is a city, that in spite of the rising Sun, never sleeps. The nightlife never goes away. Clubs, bars, eateries, concerts and VIP events pop up like weeds every turn of the clock. There are styles and moods somewhere hidden in Tampa that will provide to the wackiest of tastes. Tampa life never goes out of flavor, it never dies out and it never takes a holiday.

Part of Tampa attractive mentality is that over time it has become a cultural soup of every nation's fun factor. Add to that, the fact that USF (University Of South Florida) has a campus in the area, plus the pertinent detail that Tampa has a leading Sport's Arena with one of the nation's top Hockey team, and sometimes this town can truly go to DEFCON-5 as far as a wild factor is concerned.

Schools

Twelve out of 27 high schools in the Tampa are included in Newsweek's list of America's Best High Schools.

Tampa has one of the most academically honored school systems. It is, due to its abundance of freshman and struggling professors doing their tenure at USF one of the most sought after curriculums in all the states.

Landmarks

Downtown Tampa is the place to be if you're in the mood to snatch up some local flavor and hit iconic spots of historical significant.

From Ybor City to the SS American Victory permanently docked in the channel district, Tampa is any tourist's dream come true. A few of those remarkable monuments are

Conclusion

Tampa is one of America's most prominent and important cities. A town few have heard of, compared to its mirror duplicate by the east coast, but a town that is nonetheless a darling of jet-setters and the creme of the crop. Its almost inconspicuous nature, its almost shy demeanor and, overall, its sidestep away from the limelight hide a smorgasbord of opportunities and possibilities.

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