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Ybor City is definitely not off the beaten path, but most visitors go there for drinks and clubbing rather than to learn the history. Cuban history is abundant in Ybor City, and José Martí Park is a key example of this. This fenced-in park containing a life-size statue of José Martí, sits on the site of a former home he used in Ybor City.

Martí was a leader of the Cuban independence movement from Spain in the 1860s through the 80s. Due to his writings against the Spanish government he was imprisoned in 1869, then exiled to Spain. In the 1880s he spent time in New York City, Tampa, and Key West mobilizing Cuban expatriots and exiles against Spanish colonial rule in Cuba and Puerto Rico. Martí died in battle in 1895 while leading a force of exiles against Spanish government troops. This independence movement ultimately led to the Spanish-American War that was fought in Cuba, the Philippines, and Guam.

Martí Park is located at the corner of 8th Avenue and 13th Street in Ybor City. It is just across the street from the Cadrecha Plaza Station on the TECO Line Streetcar route. There is also a bust of Martí in Ybor City located in front of the Cuban Club.

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  • Updated Jan 12, 2008
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