Historic Markers Across Florida

Tampa as Port of Embarkation for Spanish American War

Marker ID: FLHM F-42
Location: corner of West Shore Boulevard and Interbay Boulev
County: Hillsborough
Coordinates: N 27° 51.992    W 082° 31.605
  27.86653333    -82.52675
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: WM22T3


From April to June, 1898, Tampa served as port of embarkation for U.S. Troops on their way to Cuba. Some 30,000 troops arrived in Tampa and 16,000 embarked from Port Tampa on June 7. The Tampa Bay Hotel was headquarters for the force´s leaders including General Miles and Shafter and Colonel "Teddy" Roosevelt. The city also swarmed with visiting civilians including author Richard Harding Davis and Clara Barton, founder of the American Red Cross.

Florida Board of Parks and Historic Memorials 1961


City: Tampa, FL