The two Spaniards left the bakery and continued walking north on 19th St. When they reached 12th Ave, Ignacio paused, reaching for Fernando's arm. Typical of the area, this street had a high density of shotgun houses. Zapato gestured in both…

Ignacio reminded Fernando that only fifteen years ago, there was a swamp where they were now standing. At that time, Tampa had fewer than a thousand inhabitants...a fishing village. Tampa had grown very quickly and was changing and improving. As if…

On the return from downtown, they got off the trolley at the corner of 14th St and 7th Ave. On the south side of La Séptima, taking up the whole block up to 15th St, was a large wooden building. As they approached it, Ignacio stopped and pointed to…

Fernando noticed wooden street signs marked in Spanish. He was relieved and surprised, having thought everything would be in English. "6a Avda/Calle 16". The Ybor City train station was on the corner of 6th Avenue and 16th Street.…

As the steamship turned eastward in the calm waters of the Gulf of Mexico, there was enough of a jolt to awaken Fernando. He had managed to get a decent night's sleep, even though his "bed" was really a long wooden bench, and he had…

Tony Jannus, a longtime air pioneer, was the pilot of the world’s first airline commercial flight, which flew from downtown St. Petersburg to the mouth of the Hillsborough River near downtown Tampa. Having not exceeded an altitude of fifty feet over…

When you think of places with deep and exciting histories, St. Petersburg, Florida may not be the first city in the world that spring to mind. Yet this is not due to a lack of local history, but rather a lack of public education on the topic. For…

The idea of having a university herbarium was conceived from the founding of the University of South Florida in 1956, by the university’s first president John S. Allen. An investment banker from New York and a close personal friend to John Allen,…

Muslim Migration The growth of the Muslim population in the United States following many of the contemporary politics of the post-war world. The second half of the 20th century saw a rise in the migration of African and Asian people to the United…