Ybor City is a historic neighborhood in Tampa, Florida that was once home to a thriving cigar industry. In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, Ybor City was known as the "Cigar Capital of the World" and was home to dozens of cigar factories that employed thousands of workers.
The cigar industry in Ybor City began in the 1880s when Vicente Martinez Ybor, a cigar manufacturer from Cuba, moved his operations from Key West to Tampa. Ybor's move to Tampa was motivated by the city's location, which provided easy access to both the tobacco fields of Cuba and the markets of the United States.
Ybor City's cigar factories were known for producing high-quality, hand-rolled cigars using tobacco imported from Cuba and other countries. The factories employed many immigrants, including a large number of Cuban and Italian workers.
Today, Ybor City is home to several cigar shops and factories that continue the tradition of hand-rolling cigars using traditional techniques. Visitors can tour the factories and watch as skilled artisans create cigars using the same methods that have been used for generations.
Some of the most well-known cigar brands that originated in Ybor City include J.C. Newman Cigar Company, Arturo Fuente Cigars, and La Flor Dominicana. These brands continue to produce high-quality cigars that are enjoyed by cigar enthusiasts all over the world.