Hillsborough County

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Hillsborough County boasts a rich history that stretches back millennia. Archaeological evidence suggests that indigenous peoples inhabited the area for thousands of years. Spanish explorers arrived in the 16th century, leaving behind their mark with military outposts. However, permanent European settlements wouldn’t begin until the 1820s.

Tampa, initially a small frontier town, was designated the county seat in 1834. The 20th century brought significant growth, fueled by the discovery of phosphate deposits, the rise of cigar manufacturing, and the establishment of MacDill Air Force Base. Today, Hillsborough County flourishes as a vibrant center of commerce, industry, and tourism, while still honoring its fascinating past.