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Vicente Martinez Ybor
... Vicente Martinez-Ybor (7 September 1818 - 14 December 1896), a Spanish immigrant to the United States, became a noted industrialist and cigar manufacturer first in Cuba, then Key West, and finally Tampa ... Martinez-Ybor is perhaps best known for his founding the immigrant-populated cigar manufacturing town of Ybor City just outside of Tampa, Florida in 1885 ... When Martinez-Ybor died in 1896, much of Tampa closed down to attend his funeral ...
Vicente Martinez Ybor - Florida
... See also History of Ybor City In 1868, the Ten Years' War broke out as Cubans fought to win their independence from Spanish colonial rule ... Even though he was a Spaniard, Martinez Ybor sympathized with the Cuban cause and was accused (correctly) with providing funds to Cuban rebels ... Martinez Ybor quickly built a new factory to continue manufacturing his Principe de Gales brand, employing many Cubans who had also left their ...