Vicente Martinez-Ybor

Vicente Martinez-Ybor (HML74)

Location: Tampa, FL 33605 Hillsborough County
Country: United States of America

N 27° 57.617', W 82° 26.494'

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Pioneer of the Cigar Industry in Florida and Founder of Ybor City

Born in Valencia, Spain on September 7, 1818 and died in Ybor City on December 14, 1896 and buried at Oaklawn Cemetery in downtown Tampa.

In 1853 at an early age the adventurous Spaniard left his native land and traveled to Cuba which was under the dominance of Spain and where he established his first cigar factory and produced ths world renowned "El Principe De Gales" ("The Prince of Wales") brand.

Due to his support for Cuban independence from Spain in 1868 he had to flee Cuba and move to Key West where he opened another factory and continued to manufacture "El Principle De Gales" brand.

In 1885 at the age of 68 he purchased 90 acres of palmetto and scrub pine flats in the hamlet of Tampa and transformed them in 1886 into the city of his dreams that would bear his name. Other prominent cigar manufacturers joined Ybor and eventually Tampa became known as "The Cigar Capital Of The World."

Upon his death the Tampa Weekly Times wrote on December 17, 1896 the following:
"Don Vicente Martinez-Ybor is dead. One of Tampa's greatest benefactors and this country's most prominent and successful businessman."
HM NumberHML74
Series This marker is part of the Markers Attached to Sculpture series
Year Placed2001
Placed ByCity of Tampa and contributions from 46 donors
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Date Added Monday, October 20th, 2014 at 7:48pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17R E 358201 N 3093639
Decimal Degrees27.96028333, -82.44156667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 27° 57.617', W 82° 26.494'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds27° 57' 37.02" N, 82° 26' 29.64" W
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Area Code(s)813
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1600-1698 County Rd 574, Tampa FL 33605, US
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