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Definition of TAMPA
city W Florida on Tampa Bay (inlet of Gulf of Mexico) pop 303,447
— Tam·pan\-pən\adjective or noun
geographical name(Concise Encyclopedia)
City (pop., 2000: 303,447), west-central Florida, U.S. Located on the northeastern end of Tampa Bay, the U.S. Army established Fort Brooke on the site in 1824 to oversee the removal of the Seminole Indians. The town was incorporated in 1855. Tampa developed as a cigar-making centre after the town's first cigar factory was established (1886). It now has a wide range of industries and is a major distribution centre. It is a winter and fishing resort and major tourist destination; attractions include Busch Gardens.