Commercial cigar rolling in Florida began with small-scale operations started by Cuban immigrants in the 1830s. Vicente Martinez Ybor, one of the most significant figures in the history of cigar making in Florida, established a cigar factory in Key West in 1869. In 1885, he moved his cigar making operation from Key West to Tampa. Immigrants came not just from Cuba, but from Italy, Spain, and throughout Eastern Europe and Latin America in search of work.
Tampa cigar industry