In the latter half of the nineteenth century, increased tobacco imports revived the historico-economic nexus between Cuba and Florida. In Key West, Tampa, Ocala, and Jacksonville cigar factories opened to process Havana tobacco. Thousands of Cubans arrived in Florida to work and most of them established themselves permanently.
Perez, Jr., Louis A.
"Reminiscences of a Lector: Cuban Cigar Workers in Tampa,"
Florida Historical Quarterly: Vol. 53:
4, Article 6.
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