Faculty and researchers interested in the fascinating immigrant communities who thrived in the late 19th and early 20th centuries in the cigar towns of Ybor City, West Tampa and Key West can find many resources on this webpage, as well as information on the crucial role they played in the organization and funding of the Cuban struggle for independence under the leadership of José Martí and the Cuban Revolutionary Party.
Much of this material was compiled during the 2019 NEH Summer Institute, “José Martí and the Immigrant Communities of Florida in Cuban Independence and the Dawn of the American Century,” which was hosted by the Center for José Martí Studies Affiliate at The University of Tampa from June 17 to July 13, 2019. This archive includes filmed lectures, library guides, teaching modules, research prospectuses and other rich, multidisciplinary sources for the continued study and teaching of this important and relevant historical period.
We also invite you to come back regularly to check on upcoming events, including lectures, readings, performances and conferences relating to Martí and the founding generations of cigar workers in Florida.
Feel free to contact us with any questions or requests. ¡Bienvenidos!