Tampa, Florida


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Tampa, Florida

Tampa, Florida
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Tampa is the third largest city in Florida and one of the fastest growing cities in the American southeast. It is largest city on Florida’s Gulf Coast. It is part of a metropolitan area that includes St. Petersburg and Clearwater. Combined, the region’s population approaches 3,000,000 people. Tampa was incorporated in 1849. After the extension of railroads to the region, it became a major commercial fishing center as well a center for phosphate mining and cigar production.

The name "Tampa" is thought to have meant "sticks of fire" in the native Calusa language. The name may be a reference to the fact that the region experiences more lightning strikes than any other region in America. Tampa is home to the Sunshine Skyway Bridge, the largest cable-stayed bridge in the world. It is also home to three professional sports teams, the NFL’s Buccaneers, MLB’s Rays, and the NHL’s Lightning. Tampa is famous for its annual "Gasparilla" Pirate Festival, a celebration of the city’s heritage that involves a "mock" pirate invasion and a parade through the city led by the Jose Gasparilla pirate ship. The parade attracts as many as 400,000 people each year.


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