Ybor City is one of only
three National Historic Landmark Districts located in the State of Florida.
Cobblestone streets and huge old cigar factory buildings make up this historic and
legendary town. Founded in 1886 by Vicente Martinez Ybor, Ybor City became "the
cigar capital of the world" by 1900. The factories were worked by mostly Cuban
cigar makers, and to a lesser degree by Italians and Spaniards. By the early 1950's
the cigar factories were gone.
Ybor was revitalized in the late 1990's and now
attracts large numbers of visitors due to the wide variety of shops, restaurants,
clubs, and galleries.
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