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A  Learning Community Project (School of Education, the College of Arts and Science and Eaton Residential College, University of Miami)

Cigar Manufacturing in Miami

When Cuban immigrants fled the island and came to Miami following the Castro Revolution in the early 1960s, they brought with them the craft of cigar rolling. Throughout Little Havana and elsewhere in Dade County there are dozens of different cigar factories that continue this Cuban tradition.

Storefront cigar factories like Cuban Cigar Technologies can be found throughout Little Havana and other sites in Dade County. Typically they blend in with local restaurants, shops and markets.

Storefront and sign for Cuban Cigar Technologies.

Workers making and packing cigars under the proud symbol of the Cuban flag.

Click on the title below to learn more about "Cuban Cigars: The Rolling Process and Gathering the Crop" (essay by Marko Djokic).

Click on the title below to learn about "Cuban Cigars: Cigar Brands and Companies and Their Role in the Development of Exile Culture" (essay by Marko Djokic).

Click here to read an interview with Pablo Romay, a master cigar roller, and Douglas Santini, owner of a Little Havana cigar factory. (interview conducted by Marko Djokic and Ilia Maldonado).

Go to Cuban Cigar Technologies