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Map 1: Florida and Cuba.
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Nearly all Cuban tobacco used for cigars was shipped from the port of Havana, Cuba. The Tampa area became an important cigar manufacturing location after railroad lines connected it to the major transcontinental railroads and the port was deepened.

Questions for Map 1

1. Note the locations of Tampa and Key West, Florida, and Havana, Cuba.

2. Why might Vicente Ybor and other owners of Cuban cigar factories have thought of Key West as a good place to start their first American cigar factories?

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