Story Of Tampa - Mercer Brooke

The Story of Tampa by Lynn Ash


In November 1823, Colonel George Mercer Brooke was issued orders to establish a military post on Tampa Bay.  In January 1824, Colonel Brooke arrived in Tampa Bay and established Fort Brooke in the area now home to the Tampa Convention Center, Tampa Marriott Waterside and Cotanchobee Fort Brooke Park.  The fort also played an important role in the second Seminole War.