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Ybor City:
Cigar Capital of the World

[Cover photo] Senoritas on the Balcony, Ybor City (Burgert Bros. Collection, Tampa­Hillsborough County Public Library System)

Walk down Seventh Avenue in Ybor City (now a section of Tampa, Florida) and feel yourself transported to a place in another time. Brick streets are lined with sidewalks of hexagonal concrete pavers and old-fashioned, cast-iron street lamps. Buildings present ornate porticos, decorative brickwork, handmade wrought-iron balconies, and ornamental tile work. A few small, plain workers' cottages, once home to Ybor City's cigar workers, have been preserved. Mutual aid society clubhouses indicate the importance of benevolent organizations to Ybor City's immigrant population. On a quiet corner lies a small park dedicated to Cuban poet and revolutionary José Martí. The park is a reminder of Martí's efforts to gain support for the cause of Cuban freedom in the 1890s. These historic sites speak of Ybor City's intriguing past.


About This Lesson

Getting Started: Inquiry Question

Setting the Stage: Historical Context

Locating the Site: Maps
 1. Florida and Cuba

Determining the Facts: Readings
 1. The History of Ybor City
 2. Ybor City's Cigar Workers/
 Cigar Manufacturing Details
 3. Ybor City, José Martí, and the
 Spanish-American War

Visual Evidence: Images
 1. Ybor Cigar Factory, c. 1886-90
 2. Cigar workers' houses
 3. Cigar factory workers at Ybor Factory, 1925
 4. L'Unione Italiana, 1919
 5. Circulo Cubano, 1926
 6. Centro Asturiano, 1925
 7. Centro Asturiano, 1920s

Putting It All Together: Activities
 1. Describing Ybor City
 2. The Immigrant Experience
 3. Local Community History

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This lesson is based on Ybor City, a National Historic Landmark District, one of the thousands of properties listed in the National Register of Historic Places.




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