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Tampa in Hillsborough County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Spanishtown Creek

 
 
Spanishtown Creek Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, October 25, 2013
1. Spanishtown Creek Marker
Inscription. 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 genesis of Tampa.
 
Erected by The Ybor City Rotary Club.
 
Location. 27° 56.275′ N, 82° 27.873′ W. Marker is in Tampa, Florida, in Hillsborough County. Marker is on West Bay Street near South Magnolia Street, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Located just North of Bayshore Boulevard and West Bay Street intersection near South Magnolia Street. Marker is in this post office area: Tampa FL 33606, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Jessamine Flowers Link (approx. mile away); Hutchinson House (approx. mile away); Dominican Proto-Martyrs of America (approx. 0.3 miles away); Jose Gasparilla
Spanishtown Creek Marker seen along West Bay Street image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, October 25, 2013
2. Spanishtown Creek Marker seen along West Bay Street
(approx. 0.3 miles away); The Bayshore Boulevard (approx. 0.4 miles away); World's First Scheduled Commercial Airline (approx. 0.4 miles away); Gordon Keller (approx. 0.4 miles away); Site of Mirabella Fish Company (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Tampa.
 
Also see . . .  Spanishtown Creek Still Flows Beneath Hyde Park: Experience Archaeology. The once visible creek now snakes through concrete culverts located beneath the streets and sidewalks of the area, discernible only as some dips in the road and by a few storm water drains. (Submitted on July 10, 2014, by PaulwC3 of Northern, Virginia.) 
 
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Spanishtown Creek Marker with Bayshore Boulevard in background image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, October 25, 2013
3. Spanishtown Creek Marker with Bayshore Boulevard in background
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 31, 2013, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 391 times since then and 38 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on November 1, 2013, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.
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