El Centro Español de Tampa

In 1885 there were no people or cigar factories or cigar workers, but within a few decades there were dozens of factories making hundreds of millions of hand-rolled cigars by tens of thousands of immigrants, and thousands of Club members.

1868-10-10 09:07:28

Ten Years War

On October 10, the Grito de Yaro announces the commencement of what has come to be known as the Ten Years War.

1869-03-15 09:07:28

Ybor Moves Operations

V.M. Ybor moves operations from Havana to Key West.

1878-02-10 09:07:28

Ten Years War Ends

Ten Years War ends (Pact of Zanjon).

1884-10-01 22:49:39

Gargol & Guiterrez in Tampa

Bernardino Gargol & Gavino Gutierrez visit Tampa in search of guava trees.

1884-11-08 09:07:28

Gargól & Gutíerrez in Key West

After leaving Tampa, Gargól & Gutíerrez travel to Key West, visit Ybor and Ignacio Haya.

1884-12-08 09:07:28

Interest in Tampa Increases

Gargol, Gutierrez, V. Martinez Ybor, & Ignacio Haya return to Tampa.

1885-07-15 09:07:28

Serrafin Sanchez Travels to Tampa

Serrafin Sanchez (Haya associate) travels to Tampa from New York and meets withTampa Board of Trade.

1885-08-20 09:07:28

Henry B. Plant's Railroad

H.B. Plant extends his railroad to Tampa.

1885-09-05 17:38:22

Ybor Buys Land

Ybor & Haya return to Tampa..

1885-09-20 17:38:22

Ybor Hires Gavino Gutíerrez

Ybor hires Gutíerrez to survey land, develop a plan.

1885-10-08 17:38:22

Ybor City Construction Begins

Ybor begins construction of what is to become Ybor City.

1885-10-10 17:38:22

Haya Begins Construction

Ignacio Haya begins constrution of his factory.

1885-10-15 12:38:22

Ybor City Land & Improvement Co.

Vicente Ybor and his associates form the Ybor City Land & Improvement Co.

1885-11-14 12:38:22

Streetcar Line Established

Vicente Ybor and Eduardo Manrara buy the controlling interest in the only streetcar company then in existence in Tampa.

1886-04-11 12:38:22

Fire in Key West

Fire in Key West destroys many buildings, including Ybor's El Principe de Gales.

1886-04-26 12:38:22

Cigars in Ybor

First cigar produced in Ybor City at Sanchez & Haya factory.

1886-05-26 12:38:22

Ybor Residential Construction

By end of year, Vicente Ybor constructs many houses.

1886-05-29 12:38:22

Streetcar Line in Operation

Teh narrow gauge streetcar begins regular service between Tampa and Ybor City.

1887-06-02 00:00:00

Ybor Annexed

Ybor City is annexed by the City of Tampa (4th Ward).

1888-03-10 00:00:00

El Porvenir Founded

El Porvenir is founded by Enrique Pendas.

1889-03-10 00:00:00

Key West Cigar Worker Strike

Key West cigar workers conduct labor strike.

1889-08-13 00:00:00

New Cigar Factory

Lozano, Pendas & Co. becomes the third cigar factory in Ybor City.

1890-06-07 00:00:00

Union Española Founded

La Union Española is founded by striking cigar workers in Ybor City.

1890-08-07 00:00:00

Tensions in Key West

Tensions between Cubans and Spaniards increase in Key West following strike.

1891-09-07 00:00:00

Centro Español By-laws

Committee formed to write by-laws for Centro Español; State of Florida issues charter.

1891-10-22 00:00:00

By-laws Adopted

Centro Español by-laws adopted.

1891-12-21 00:00:00

Centro Español Incorporated

Centro Español is incorporated by State of Florida.

1892-06-20 00:00:00

Centro Español Clubhouse

Centro Español's first club house is inaugurated.

1892-07-12 00:00:00

José Marti Visit

Jose Marti makes first of a series of visits to Tampa.

1892-07-30 00:00:00

Cuban Revolutionary Party

While in Tampa, Jose Martí announces the creation of the Cuban Revolutionary Party.

1892-08-30 00:00:00

Patriotic Clubs Form in Tampa

Cuban cigar workers begin forming patriotic clubs in Tampa.

1892-09-15 00:00:00

Trade Unions in Tampa

Cuban patriotic clubs halt all trade union activity in Tampa.

1892-12-12 00:00:00

West Tampa Founded

West Tampa is founded by Hugh Macfarlane.

1893-05-14 20:34:40

Centro Español Loses Members

Centro Español loses one quarter of founding members.

1893-11-09 20:34:40

Spanish Casino Stock Co.

Spanish Casino Stock Co. created to absorb debt of Centro Español.

1894-04-06 12:00:00

L’Unione Italiana

L’Unione Italiana founded.

1895-02-24 12:00:00

Uprising in Cuba

Uprising in Cuba commences.

1895-07-12 00:00:00

Spanish Consulate

Spanish Consular agency in Tampa elevated to Consulate.

1895-07-20 00:00:00

Support for Spain

Centro Español members raise funds to support Spanish government.

1895-07-22 00:00:00

Cemetery Plans

Centro Español decides to acquire small plot of land for cemetery.

1896-03-17 00:00:00

A Petition by Members of the Club

Twenty-seven members of Centro Español petition leaders to suspend entrance fee.

1896-05-10 01:01:04

Tobacco Ban

Governor General of Cuba Valeriano Weyler issues decree banning export of tobacco.

1896-06-20 01:01:04

Cuban Patirotic Clubs In Tampa

The number of Cuban patriotic clubs in Tampa increases.

1896-12-14 00:00:00

Vicente Martinez Ybor Dies

1897-02-02 00:00:00

Assassination in Spain

Spanish Prime Minister is assassinated.

1897-02-15 00:00:00

Florida Brewery

Florida Brewery opens for business.

1897-06-02 00:00:00

Cemetery Opens

The Centro Español inaugurates its first cemetery. [1]

1898-01-01 00:00:00

Embargo Lifted

New Governor General of Cuba lifts tobacco embargo.

1898-04-14 00:00:00

Spanish Consul Assistance

The Spanish Consul offers to assist Spaniards who wish to leave Tampa.

1898-04-19 00:00:00

Diplomatic Exodus

Spanish diplomatic representatives leave Tampa.

El Centro Español de Tampa

Launch
Copy this timeline Login to copy this timeline 3d

Contact us

We'd love to hear from you. Please send questions or feedback to the below email addresses.

Before contacting us, you may wish to visit our FAQs page which has lots of useful info on Tiki-Toki.

We can be contacted by email at: hello@tiki-toki.com.

You can also follow us on twitter at twitter.com/tiki_toki.

If you are having any problems with Tiki-Toki, please contact us as at: help@tiki-toki.com

Close

Edit this timeline

Enter your name and the secret word given to you by the timeline's owner.

3-40 true Name must be at least three characters
3-40 true You need a secret word to edit this timeline

Checking details

Please check details and try again

Go
Close