Historic Markers Across Florida

Spanishtown Creek

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Location: Bayshore Boulevard, east of Magnolia Avenue, Tampa, FL.
County: Hillsborough
Coordinates: N 27° 56.278    W 082° 27.872
  27.93796666    -82.46453333
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: WM7CN0


At this site on a small stream was located the first settlement of Tampa Bay. Its inhabitants were Spanish-Cuban fishermen and straw hat makers. It is believed they settled here toward the end of the eighteenth century, during Spain´s second rule of Florida. When the Americans arrived in 1824 and established Fort Brooke, these early settlers were living in palmetto thatched huts and carried on a brisk trade with wandering Cubans who sailed into the bay. Spanishtown Creek is the true generals of Tampa.

Erected by the Ybor City Rotary Club


City: Tampa, FL