The press was one of the most effective ways for immigrants to connect with their community; newspapers and periodicals disseminated information about native values, American culture, and the immigrants’ connection to both. Tampa’s immigrants wasted no time in establishing newspapers to serve the ethnic enclaves of Ybor City and West Tampa. Tampa Ilustrado was a short-lived newspaper with 31 surviving issues from 1912 and 1913.
These periodicals are extremely rare, and are a treasured part of our Floridiana collections. We are working diligently to digitize other local Hispanic periodicals and monographs to make them more easily available for researchers worldwide.