Tampa Cigar Industry & History Time Line (1818 to 1858)


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The following is a timeline of some of the most important events that help to create what is for us today'sTampa..._

1818 - The beginning and ending dates for the First Seminole War are not firmly established. But finally, the unit history of the 1st Battalion, 5th Field Artillery describes the war as occurring solely in 1818.
1821 March 24, - The Niles Weekly Register issue suggested that, Tampa Bay would be an ideal location for the state capitol. "Its shores are not inhabited, and would be a good place for seat of government, and as the southern Naval depot of the United States".
1822 March 30, - Florida became an organized territory of the United States on this date. The Americans merged East Florida, and West Florida (although the majority of West Florida was annexed to Territory of Orleans and Mississippi Territory), and establish a new capital in Tallahassee, conveniently located halfway between the East Florida capital of St. Augustine, and the West Florida capital of Pensacola.

1823 March 5th - Tampa modern history began when Mr. Robert J. Hackley, a pioneer from New York, became the first U.S. citizen to settle in the area now know as Tampa Bay.

  • December 5,- Colonels George Mercer Brooke and James Gadsden of the United States Army were ordered to establish a military presence on Tampa Bay in the newly-acquired Florida territory to contain the Seminole Indians and curtail illegal activities.
1824 January 10 - Brooke and four full companies of the U.S. 4th Infantry Regiment from Pensacola established 'Cantonment Brooke" at the mouth of the Hillsborough River, just about where today's Tampa Convention Center sits in Downtown Tampa, and months later the post was officially named Fort Brooke.
1826 December 18, - the first white child born in the area was born to Colonel Brooke and his wife, Lucy-a boy they named John. He was a Tampa resident for over 30 years. Unknown were he moved.
1835 – November 7,- The "Second Seminole War" began with the Dade Massacre, when Seminoles ambushed Army troops marching from Fort Brooke (Tampa) to reinforce Fort King (Ocala). Ten years of war will follow.

1840’s and 1850’s - new lines of trade & commerce opened to the township of Tampa business district. A stage-coach provided the connection to Fort King (Ocala). Mr. Thomas Bayle created the West Coast Stage Line, with twice a week round trips.

1845 March 3rd , - Florida became the 27th state of the United States of America, although initially its population grew slowly. White settlers continued to encroach on lands used by the Seminoles, and the United States government resolved to make another effort to move the remaining Seminoles Indians to the West to Oklahoma. First Florida governor was Hon. William Dunn Moseley.
1848 September 23, - a hurricane hit the township, along the Hillsborough River, and simply everything was erased; Fort Brooke itself suffered tremendous damage. To help re-built the town laborers came from Greeks, Spaniards, and Italians. Most of them spoke Spanish, and after the building was completed, some 110 Italians elected to stay in the township.

1849 January 1st. - the population of the area had soared to 185 citizens. The town created a business district within a year, with nine general stores, as well as a bakery, a barber shop, four blacksmith shops, three butcher shops, a stationary store, a cobbler, a print shop, two churches, two hotels, several doctors, three attorneys and a gunsmith.

  • June 10th.- the township of Tampa decided to incorporate with about 185 residents by first time
1850 January 10th, - Census of 1850 reported a total of 974 permanent residents in the township of Fort Brooke. (375 are soldiers, and 599 civilians.
1852 July - the township administration voted to dissolve itself due to the debt acquire, after almost two and a half years.

1853 January 28, - Jose Julian Marti Perez born in Havana, Cuba. Consider the apostle of the Cuban independence movement but also an important figure in the
Latin American literature. His father was Mariano Marti Navarro, and his mother Leonor Perez Cabrera.

  • May 20 - Vicente Martinez Ybor founded his cigar factory at the age of 35,in Havana, Cuba.
1856 February 14, - the Mayor of the Township of Tampa is Joseph B. Lancaster, and in November 25, 1856, died in office. Mr. Darwin Austen Branch completed the term until December 6, 1856.
1857 August – a yellow fever ravish the area, due mosquitoes, and heavy rain season. More than 80 residents die.
1858 May 8, - Colonel Anthony G. Loomis declared that the Third Seminole War is over after three years (1855). This will continue the relocation of indians to the west.


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