The Cigar Industry Changes Florida
The Cuban Experience in Florida
This unit provides insight into the experience of Cuban refugees in Florida using photographs, government documents, letters, videos and interviews.
Florida and the Spanish-American War of 1898
Florida, the closest state to the Caribbean and home to a large Cuban immigrant population, became the setting for much of the action in Cuba's fight for independence from Spain.
Resources at Other Institutions
Teaching with Historic Places Lesson Plans, National Park Service
Ybor City: Cigar Capital of the World
Discover how immigrant cigar makers in this section of Tampa, Florida, adapted to life in the U.S. in the late 19th and early 20th century while maintaining their ethnic identity.
- Ybor City: Cigar Capital of the World
Burgert Brothers Photographic Collection, Hillsborough County Public Library
The Burgert Brothers Photographic Collection presents a unique pictorial record of the commercial, residential and social growth of Tampa Bay and Florida's West coast from the late 1800s to the early 1960s.
Special & Digital Collections, University of South Florida Libraries
Burgert Brothers Collection of Tampa Photographs
Burgert Brothers was Tampa’s leading commercial photographic firm from 1918 to the early 1960s.
Tampa Cigar Industry and Art Collection
The department's near-complete run of the Tobacco Leaf industry journal and its collection of lithographic cigar box labels represent an important aspect of American culture and Floridiana.
- Burgert Brothers Collection of Tampa Photographs
Cooper, Patricia A. Once a Cigarmaker: Men, Women, and Work Culture in American Cigar Factories, 1900-1919.
Ingalls, Robert P. and Louis A. Perez, Jr. Tampa Cigar Workers: A Pictorial History. Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 2003.
Long, Durward. “The Open-Closed Shop Battle in Tampa’s Cigar Industry, 1919-1921.” Florida Historical Quarterly 47, no. 2 (Oct. 1968): 101-121.
Mendez, Armando. Ciudad de Cigars: West Tampa. Tampa: Florida Historical Society, 1994.
Perez, Jr., Louis A. “Between Encounter and Experience: Florida in the Cuban Imagination.” Florida Historical Quarterly 82, no. 2 (Fall 2003): 170-190.
Resources at the State Library of Florida
Florida Electronic Library
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