Historic Markers Across Florida

Founding of the Cigar Industry in Tampa

Marker ID: FLHM F-39
Location: corner of 9th Avenue and 14th St., Ybor City.
County: Hillsborough
Coordinates: N 27° 57.695    W 082° 26.663
  27.96158333    -82.44438333
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: WM5XHK


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.

Sponsors: Florida Board of Parks and Historic Memorials in cooperation with Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce 1961


City: Tampa, FL