Tampa in Hillsborough County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
Pioneer of the Cigar Industry in Florida and Founder of Ybor City
In 1853 at an early age the adventurous Spaniard left his native land and traveled to Cuba which was under the dominance of Spain and where he established his first cigar factory and produced ths world renowned "El Principe De Gales" ("The Prince of Wales") brand.
Due to his support for Cuban independence from Spain in 1868 he had to flee Cuba and move to Key West where he opened another factory and continued to manufacture "El Principle De Gales" brand.
In 1885 at the age of 68 he purchased 90 acres of palmetto and scrub pine flats in the hamlet of Tampa and transformed them in 1886 into the city of his dreams that would bear his name. Other prominent cigar manufacturers joined Ybor and eventually Tampa became known as "The Cigar Capital Of The World."
Upon his death the Tampa Weekly Times wrote on December 17, 1896 the following:
"Don Vicente Martinez-Ybor is dead. One of Tampa's greatest benefactors and this country's most prominent and successful businessman."
Erected 2001 by City of Tampa and contributions from 46 donors.
Location. 27° 57.617′ N, 82° 26.494′ W. Marker is in Tampa, Florida, in Hillsborough County. Marker is on East 7th Avenue, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Located in Ybor City Historic District of Tampa. Marker is in this post office area: Tampa FL 33605, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Centro Español de Tampa (a few steps from this marker); Roland M. Manteiga (a few steps from this marker); B.F. Marcos Building (within shouting distance of this marker); The Birth of Mutual Aid Societies in America (was within shouting distance of this marker but has been reported missing. ); Site of First Ybor City Railroad Station (within shouting distance of this marker); Orestes Ferrara (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Birth Of Ybor City (about 500 feet away); Hotel De La Havana (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Tampa.
More about this marker. Sculptor - Steven Dickey
Note, while the plaque was donated by the City of Tampa, the statue itself was was made possible through contributions from 46 donors.
Categories. • Hispanic Americans • Industry & Commerce • Notable Persons • Settlements & Settlers •
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