Pinellas - Overview

Overview

The name derives from "La Punta de Pinal de Jimenez" (Jimenez's Point of Pines,) the name given the entrance to Tampa Bay by Spanish explorers in 1757. The first settlers in the area include Antonio Maximo Hernandez, the McMullen family and Odette Philippe. Maximo Point is the location of Maximo's fishing camp. McMullen's descendents still live in the area. Philippe Park, a Pinellas County Park, and the Philippe Parkway were named for Dr. Philippe. Now highly urbanized, the Peninsula was once renowned for its wildlife, including Black bear, the Florida panther, and many species of birds.

Pinellas County is the most densely populated county in Florida. Its population is greater than that of the individual population of the states of Wyoming, Montana, Delaware, South Dakota, Alaska, North Dakota, or Vermont. The population is also greater than the District of Columbia.

Coordinates: 27°52′35″N 82°46′40″W / 27.876394°N 82.7778579°W / 27.876394; -82.7778579

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