The newcomers brought with them infectious diseases, resulting in a total collapse of the native cultures of Florida.The Tampa area was depopulated and ignored for more than 200 years. The sparse civilian population practically abandoned the area during the Second Seminole War from 1835 to 1842, after which the Seminoles were forced out and many settlers returned. On January 18, 1849, Tampa was officially incorporated as the "Village of Tampa".People from Tampa are generally known as "Tampans" or "Tampanians".
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.
It was home to 185 civilians, or 974 total residents including military personnel, in 1850.
During the Civil War, Florida seceded along with most of the southern states to form the Confederate States of America, and Fort Brooke was manned by Confederate troops.
The population of "Tampa Town" was below 800 by 1870, and had fallen further by 1880.
Fort Brooke was decommissioned in 1883, and except for two cannons displayed on the University of Tampa campus, all traces of the fort are gone.Archaeological evidence indicates the shores of Tampa Bay were inhabited by indigenous peoples for thousands of years.The Safety Harbor culture developed in the area around the year 1000 AD, and the descendant Tocobaga and Pohoy chiefdoms were living in or near the current city limits of Tampa when the area was first visited by Spanish explorers in the 16th century.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.Please read the layout guide and lead section guidelines to ensure the section will still be inclusive of all essential details.