A significant event in the history of Tampa Fl
occurred during the 1880s. This was the creation of the first railroad links to Tampa. It gave birth to the city’s thriving phosphate and cigar industries. The creation of the cigar centered neighborhood of Ybor City occurred in 1885. This attracted large numbers of Italians, Cubans, Spaniards, and a variety of other immigrants. The population of this area increased significantly and Tampa annexed North Tampa and Ybor City in 1887. Tampa’s population in 1880 was approximately 8,000 people and in 1900 it was more than 15,000. This made it one of Florida’s largest cities.