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Fort DeSoto, Fort Brooke, Palmetto Beach, Tampa Heights, Ybor City, West Tampa, and Port Tampa, with the headquarters for the command located at The Tampa Hotel, now known as Plant Hall. 30,000 troops were stationed in Tampa and the surrounding area, and about 15,000 of them were sent to Cuba.
Plant Hall -- The huge 511-room hotel hosted Theodore Roosevelt and other American commanders before the invasion of Cuba in the Spanish American War of 1898. The south wing hosts the Henry B. Plant Museum, which displays various artifacts from the hotel's heyday.
Port Tampa's Spanish-American War Park -- Spanish-American War Memorial Park is a small, generally triangular park in the Port Tampa City area of southern Tampa. The Tampa area was an essential staging area for the troops heading off to Cuba to fight in the Spanish-American War in 1898.
West Tampa's Fort Homer Hesterly -- This towering white, four story building on North Howard Avenue is presently a National Guard Armory. It is also the site where the Rough Riders staged their men and equipment prior to heading off to fight in Cuba. There are plans to move the National Guard unit and completely redevelop this area.
Fort DeSoto Park -- In May of 1898 this park on an island called Mullet Key became an overflow camp for some of those preparing for the invasion of Cuba. In November of the same year construction began on Fort DeSoto, much of which is still in its original condition.
Fort Brooke -- This small fort at the mouth of the Hillsborough River in downtown Tampa was constructed in 1824, at the site of the convention center. By the time of the Spanish-American War, the fort had been decommissioned, but the area still served as an encampment for soldiers preparing for the attack on Cuba.
Palmetto Beach -- lies just east of Channelside, across the Ybor Shipping Channel.
Tampa Heights -- This area is just north of modern downtown Tampa.
Ybor City -- The Cuban expatriots and refugees who lived in Ybor City helped ignite the Spanish-American War, and this also became an encampment area and a crossroads of severl other local military camps prior to the Cuban invasion.
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