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Indigenous tribes in Tampa Bay

by The 100 Companies

Tampa Bay has a rich history of Indigenous tribes that populated the area:

The Tocobaga – known for their body art, extensive tattoos and intricate jewelry – lived near the northern end of modern Tampa from 900 to the early 1500s.

The Mocoso spoke their own language, painted their bodies red and wore plumes that cascaded from their hair.

The Uzita people were superior hunters, living off seafood as well as local reptiles. They could supposedly release four arrows before a Spanish crossbowman fired a single shot.

Seminoles popularized chickee-style homes – palmetto thatch roofs over log frames – and welcomed runaway Black slaves.

– Eve Lederman, The 100 Companies

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