THE GULF PORTS

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there were only four gulf coast ports

Four ports serviced the early Florida settlers, bringing  them goods and exporting there citrus and cattle:

Cedar Key, Port Inglis, Tampa Bay and Boca Grande.

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PHOSPHATE MAKES TAMPA A WORLD PORT

The Port at Tampa was a sleepy fishing port till phosphate was discovered and mined nearby along the Alafia River. The channel was dredged several times and large phosphate elevators lined the docks.

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BOCA GRANDE

Today the winter mansions of the wealthy line the Gulf coast at Boca Grande at the mouth of the great Charlotte Bay and Peace and Myakka Rivers. Years earlier phosphate bins lined the skyline and large ships taking phosphate abroad filled the waters.