There are more than 90,000 records documenting arrivals in the city of Tampa, Florida, in the southeastern United States. While the information for each person may vary, Florida, Tampa Passenger Lists 1898-1945 usually provides:
The city of Tampa, located on the western coast of Florida along the Gulf of Mexico, has long been an important maritime center and was a center for fishing and trade since the 18th century. This importance increased during the 1800s and early 1900s as the local population grew and more people traveled through the port of Tampa, especially to popular destinations in the Caribbean Sea and the Americas, like Cuba. These passenger lists show the thousands of travelers who began their journey in the United States in Florida, from just before the turn of the 20th century up until the close of World War II.
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The passenger list record includes an associated image that contains additional information not in the transcript. This usually includes the name of the departure port and the exact date of arrival, as well as fascinating details like their occupation, the name of their nearest relative, and their final destination. Be sure to look at the image, and adjacent images, to ensure you find all of the details for your ancestor that you can.
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