I came to pose with an actor portraying American Patriot, Patrick Henry, while visiting Colonial Williamsburg in late March 2013 during a Spring Break vacation with my two children. Not only was it a time of vacation with Mathew and Kendall, it was a time of reflection for me. Historically, American history is relatively short. We, the people of the United States of America started out as Europeans looking for a better life – so too the pioneers of Florida, originally a Spanish colonial holding. My grandparents emigrated here from Italy, my parents, myself and three siblings migrated to Florida from New York. In this blog I will discuss the earlier European pioneers of the Tampa Bay area, focusing on the Palm Harbor region.
In 1888, today’s historic Palm Harbor region, became the first recorded development plat in Florida. The “clear water” enticed the original developers and inhabitants. The first “non-native” permanent settlers of Palm Harbor were the Thompsons, Mr. William Lawrence & Mrs. Julia Holland and Henry Tinny settled in Ozona. There are also many decedents of the Meyers, Rivieres, Joneses, Suttons, Nigeleses, Dixons and Ulmers in the Palm Harbor region. Citrus was the cash crop and primary industry in addition to fishing, cattle, vegetable farming, scalloping and other water activities.
Paul L. Caputo, DDS3490 E Lake Rd S Suite A