Etymology[ edit ] When the pioneer community living near the US Army outpost of Fort Brooke was incorporated in , it was called "Tampa Town", and the name was shortened to simply "Tampa" in The earliest instance of the name "Tampa", in the form "Tanpa", appears in the memoirs of Hernando de Escalante Fontaneda , who spent 17 years as a captive of the Calusa and traveled through much of peninsular Florida. He described Tanpa as an important Calusa town to the north of the Calusa domain, possibly under another chief. The entrances to Tampa Bay and Charlotte Harbor are obscured by barrier islands , and their locations, and the names applied to them, were a source of confusion to explorers, surveyors and map-makers from the 16th century though the 18th century. The name may have come from the Calusa language, or possibly, the Timucua language.
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