Prominent local Hispanic leaders:
Vicente Ybor: In the mid-1800s, established a cigar factory in the company town that became known as Ybor City.
Bob Martinez: Florida's first Hispanic governor and a former Tampa mayor, he now serves on various boards and is a political commentator.
Maria Chapa Lopez: U.S. Attorney for the U.S. Middle District of Florida and longtime federal prosecutor specializing in drug cases.
Richard Gonzmart: Restaurateur and fourth-generation Hillsborough County resident. His family's Columbia Restaurant is the centerpiece of its dining empire.
Number of cigar factories, in heyday and now:
Of the 200 or so factories that operated during Hillsborough County's cigar-making heyday, from the late 1800s-through mid-1900s, about 25 survive.
U.S. Marine Baldomero Lopez, 25, earned the Medal of Honor in Korea for sacrificing his life to protect his men. The first Lieutenant posthumously was honored for smothering a live hand grenade with his body during the Inchon landing in September 1950.
Tampa, the County's largest city, ranks third in Hispanic Business Friendliness in a nationwide survey of more than 180 cities, according to the WalletHub website.
Major League Baseball Hall of Famers:
Two Hispanic Major Leaguers from Hillsborough County are in baseball's most exclusive club: Al Lopez, a manager and catcher; and Tony La Russa, a longtime manager. Lou Piniella, a Hispanic player and baseball manager from Hillsborough County, fell one vote shy of induction in December.
Birthplace of the Cuban sandwich:
Once a staple of cigar factory workers, the local version of this iconic favorite is ham, pork, salami, Swiss cheese, mustard, and pickles on pressed Cuban bread.