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There is some dispute as to the origin and meaning of the name "Tampa".

It is believed to mean "sticks of fire" in the language of the Calusa, a Native American tribe that once lived in the area. Other historians claim the name refers to "the place to gather sticks". "Sticks of fire" may also relate to the high concentration of lightning strikes that Tampa Bay receives every year during the hot and wet summer months. Toponymist George R. Stewart writes that the name was the result of a miscommunication between the Spanish and the Indians, the Indian word being "itimpi", meaning simply "near it".

The name first appears in the memoir of Hernando de Escalante Fontaneda, who had spent 17 years as a Calusa captive. He refers to it as "Tanpa" and describes it as an "important Calusa town", while "Tanpa" may be the basis for the modern name, Tampa.

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