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Founding of the Cigar Industry in Tampa

 
 
Founding of the Cigar Industry in Tampa Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, 2008
1. Founding of the Cigar Industry in Tampa Marker
Inscription.  In 1886 two cigar factories were completed at Tampa signaling the founding of the industry in the area. Pioneer manufacturer was Vincente Martinez Ybor, a native of Spain, who had made cigars at Havana and Key West. Ybor's move to Tampa was prompted by better transportation and favorable terms offered by Tampa's Board of Trade. Due to the efforts of Ybor and his associates, Tampa became a world tobacco manufacturing center.
 
Erected 1961 by Florida Board of Parks and Historic Memorials In Cooperation with Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce. (Marker Number F-39.)
 
Location. 27° 57.699′ N, 82° 26.659′ W. Marker is in Tampa, Florida, in Hillsborough County. Marker is on North Avenida República de Cuba (14th Street) near East 9th Avenue, on the left when traveling north. Located in Ybor City Historic District of Tampa. Touch for map. 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. The Cherokee Club (a few steps from this marker); José Martí (a few steps from this marker); Attempt On The Life Of Jose Marti
Founding of the Cigar Industry In Tampa Marker At Ybor Square Marketplace image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, December 13, 2008
2. Founding of the Cigar Industry In Tampa Marker At Ybor Square Marketplace
(within shouting distance of this marker); La Liga Patriotica de Instruccion (within shouting distance of this marker); El Circulo Cubano (within shouting distance of this marker); El Chino — Pajarito Restaurant (within shouting distance of this marker); Ybor City's First Fire Station (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); “Cuba” (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Tampa.
 
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker. Vicente Martinez Ybor Monument
 
Also see . . .  Vicente Martinez Ybor. Wikipedia entry (Submitted on January 4, 2009, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.) 
 
Categories. Hispanic AmericansIndustry & Commerce
 
Ybor Square, Tampa's Historic Marketplace image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, 2008
3. Ybor Square, Tampa's Historic Marketplace
City Marketplace, site of many cigar stores in Tampa
Vicente Martinez Ybor image. Click for full size.
By Centro Ybor Images
4. Vicente Martinez Ybor
Vincente Martinez Ybor Monument at Centro Ybor image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, 2008
5. Vincente Martinez Ybor Monument at Centro Ybor
Centered on the historically restored Centro Español building, Centro Ybor surrounds you with echoes of the past.
Arturo Fuente Cigars Building image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, June 2008
6. Arturo Fuente Cigars Building
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on November 10, 2019. This page originally submitted on January 4, 2009, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 2,332 times since then and 5 times this year. Last updated on June 9, 2010, by Glenn Sheffield of Tampa, Florida. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on January 4, 2009, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.
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