Tampa in Hillsborough County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
400th Anniversary of the Landing of Panﬁlo de Narvaez
400th anniversary of
the landing of
Panfilo de Narvaez,
intreped [sic] Spanish Explorer
and his four hundred brave companions
The first white men
to set foot upon the
shores of Tampa Bay
April 15, 1528.
April 15, 1928
in honor of the
Spanish citizenry of Tampa.
Location. 27° 56.829′ N, 82° 27.771′ W. Marker is in Tampa, Florida, in Hillsborough County. Marker can be reached from West Kennedy Boulevard (State Road 60) east of University Drive, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. It is located on the grounds of Henry B. Plant Park, a 7.5 acre city park established in 1891 between the Hillsborough River and the Tampa Bay Hotel, now the University of Tampa and Henry B. Plant Museum. Marker is at or near this postal address: 201 West Kennedy Boulevard, Tampa FL 33606, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Spanish Fort (within shouting distance of this marker); Fort Brooke Battery (within shouting distance of this marker); Tampa Bay Hotel (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Tampa Bay Hotel, 1891 (about 400 feet away); De Soto (about 500 feet away); a different marker also named Tampa Bay Hotel (about 500 feet away); Gen. Robert E. Lee, C.S.A. (about 600 feet away); Old Schoolhouse (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Tampa.
More about this marker. The marker is a boulder, into which has been carved the text. The boulder's surface is heavily weathered and in poor condition, leaving much of the words difficult or impossible to read.
Regarding 400th Anniversary of the Landing of Panfilo de Narvaez. The story of how the commemorative stone came to be and its wording was detailed in a 1998 article in The Tampa Tribune, which recalled the 1928 staging of a “Pageant of Progress” by the city of Tampa, to commemorate the landing of the first Europeans to come ashore in the Tampa Bay area, and the first European expedition into the interior of America.
"The 1928 exercise in civic showbiz brought the dedication of a boulder in Plant Park...A costumed Laurence Nosti portrayed Narvaez as he
Mayor Mckay called de NarvŠez's landing 'an event of tremendous importance in the advance of civilization,' and declared, 'The Spanish people have been leading factors since the beginning of Tampaís progress.'
The Spanish consul, Javier Meruendano, referred to de Narvaez as a 'heroic explorer...an outstanding figure among conquerors, navigators and missionaries.' He conveyed greetings from King Alfonso XIII of Spain."
(Excerpt from article by Leland Hawes in The Tampa Tribune, April 19, 1998; Baylife p.3.
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker.
Also see . . . Treasured Maps Of Early Florida. Tampa Tribune article at TBO.com discussing the Narvaez expedition and historical maps featured at the Tampa Bay History Center museum. (Submitted on July 31, 2010, by Glenn Sheffield of Tampa, Florida.)
Additional keywords. Henry B. Plant Park
Categories. • Colonial Era • Exploration • Notable Events •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 31, 2010, by Glenn Sheffield of Tampa, Florida. This page has been viewed 1,598 times since then and 63 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on July 31, 2010, by Glenn Sheffield of Tampa, Florida. 4. submitted on August 5, 2010, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. 5. submitted on July 31, 2010, by Glenn Sheffield of Tampa, Florida. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.