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15 Fun Facts About Tampa, Florida

Aishwarya Swamy Jul 5, 2021

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Tampa is situated on the west coast of Florida and is the state’s 3rd largest city.
It is Florida’s major Business Center, famous for its Cuban Sandwiches, Museums and other Cultural offerings.
Let’s discover some fun facts about Tampa, Florida!
Initially inhabited by the Calusa people, the city is believed to have derived its name from the Calusa phrase “Sticks of Fire.”
#1. Tampa was supposedly named after a Calusa phrase..

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#2. Tampa Bay is the lightning capital of the world..
Tampa Bay has a notorious weather during the summers and their storms come with no warning.
The Cuban Cigars, unlike their name weren’t made in Cuba, but in Tampa!
#3. Tampa is nicknamed as the Cigar City..

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#4. Tampa has the World’s longest sidewalk..
The Bayshore Boulevard situated along the water is 4.5 miles long.
Jose Marti Park, located in Ybor City was gifted to the island nation.
#5. A portion of Tampa belongs to Cuba..
Ybor City also once referred to as the “Damnedest town this side of Hell’’ also provides ghost tours.
#6. Tampa is known to have one of the world’s most haunted places..
Gasparilla, a costumed festival celebrated in the name of the legendary Spanish pirate, José Gaspar witnesses pirates sailing their ship into Tampa.
#7. Tampa has Pirate invasions..
Unlike Miami, the Tamponian Cuban Sandwiches have the Genoa Salami, a delectable addition due to the large number of local Italians.
#8. Tampa is the place of origin of Cuban Sandwiches..
Tampa was one of the top illegal sellers of alcohol in the US during the prohibition.
#9. Tampa’s alcohol scene during prohibition..
#10. Temperature in Tampa has never crossed 100 degrees..
Now that’s something for a famous tourist destination to boast about!
With a depth of 12 feet, Tampa bay is also the largest estuary.
#11. Tampa Bay is very shallow..
‘Rough Riders’ the private army of Teddy Roosevelt sailed from Tampa to fight in the Spanish-American War.
#12. Cowboys came to Florida..
Tampa is loved by Farmers because phosphate is invaluable for fertilizer production.
#13. Phosphate is the most exported commodity by Tampa..
Port Tampa Bay is the closest full service port to the Panama Canal.
#14. Tampa is home to Florida’s largest Port..
#15. Tampa had the world’s 1st scheduled passenger flight..
This ride lasted 40 minutes only for $5!