Later Spanish explorers named the area Punta Piñal (Spanish for "Point of Pines" or "Piney Point").
In 1834 much of west central Florida, including the Pinellas peninsula (then known simply as West Hillsborough), was organized as Hillsborough County.
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After trading hands multiple times between the British and the Spanish, Spain finally ceded Florida to the United States in 1821, and in 1823 the U.
The very next year Odet Philippe became the first permanent, non-native resident of the peninsula when he established a homestead near the site of the Tocobaga village in Safety Harbor.
It was Philippe who first introduced both citrus culture and cigar-making to Florida.