History of the Cuban sandwich
In the 1800s, variations of the classic Cuban sandwich were served to hungry cigar factory and sugar mill workers in Cuba. In the late 1800s and early 1900s, easy travel between Cuba and Florida brought thousands of Cuban immigrants to the U.S., along with the cigar industry. Cigar factories originally set up shop in Key West and later moved to the historic Ybor City neighborhood of Tampa. Cafes around the factories started serving the Cuban sandwich to feed the workers and became popular in other Cuban communities of Florida, including Miami.