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Fort Brooke was established in 1823 at the mouth of the Hillsborough River in he newly acquired Florida territory. Its founders were Colonel George Mercer Brooke, after whom the fort was named , and Colonel James Gadsden, who later became famous for the Gadsden Purchase. The fort itself was used during the three Seminole Wars and during the American Civil War, witnessing the Battle of Fort Brooke in 1863 and the fall of Tampa in 1864. Fort Brooke was decommissioned in 1883, became an independent city in 1885, and was annexed by Tampa in 1907.

Today the Tampa Bay Convention Center stands on the site of Fort Brooke. Fort Brook Park actually occupies the section of Tampa's Riverwalk Park between the convention center and Channelside. This park has a monument to those killed in the Seminole Wars, the Tampa History Center, and other attractions. The park was established in 2002.

The Fort Brooke Cemetery was established in what is now downtown Tampa, then just north of the fort. The cemetery was established during the second Seminole War (1835 to 1842), and most of the graves were lost until 1980. When the nearby city parking garage was built the graves were discovered and 102 soldiers were moved to Oaklawn Cemetery.

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