National Geographic : 1963 Dec
Skilled hands roll cigars in one of Tampa's 36 factories. Loss of Cuban tobacco has not hurt production; other imports and U. S. grown leaves fill the demand. Bananas from Ecuador go ashore at Tampa, the state's second largest city after Miami. Hernando de Soto explored the Tampa Bay region in 1539. Flavor of Old Spain pervades Columbia Restaurant in Ybor City, Tampa's Latin quarter. More than a thousand guests can dine in nine rooms with lofty ceilings, arched balconies, and walls of hand-painted 890 tile. They select dishes from a 28-page menu.