Located in West-Central Florida on the Gulf of Mexico Coast. Tampa was first settled in the early 1800's as Fort Brooke. Over time a town grew around the fort and took the name of Tampa after the large bay surrounding the city. The city was incorporated in 1855.
The city grew after the arrival of the railroad and experienced a boom like the rest of Florida in the 1910's and 1920's. It was primarily a one-industry town, with cigar manufacturing and related industries that included box construction and lithography dominating the economy through the 1930s. But the city quickly diversified. Today, the city is a center for tourism as well as financial, industrial, and agriculture industries.
Tampa is the third largest city in Florida and forms, with Saint Petersburg and Clearwater, the core of the state's second largest metropolitan area.