Florida Conversations: Tampa: Impressions of an Emigrant

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event Wednesday, January 20, 2021
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In 1896, Wenceslao Gálvez y Delmonte fled the violence of Cuba’s war for independence and settled in Tampa. The Cuban-born lawyer and writer soon made his new home the focus of a work of “costumbrismo,” a Spanish-language literary genre built on closely observing the everyday manners and customs of a place. 

Presented by Noel Smith, Curator of Latin American and Caribbean Art at the University of South Florida

More than 100 years later, in 2001, Noel Smith, Curator of Latin American and Caribbean Art at the University of South Florida, was given a package to transport from Cuba to Tampa, and discovered it to be Galvez’s 1897 account, Tampa: Impressions of an Emigrant. In itGalvez shares pre-1900 stories of Tampa, Ybor City and West Tampa, as well as his views on nationalism, politics, exile, race and gender. 

Smith discusses her recently-published translation of Galvez’s 19th-century narrative during this edition of Florida Conversations.

Florida Conversations is free and open to the public, and is co-sponsored by the USF Libraries and supported by WUSF Public Media, and features authors and presenters covering a variety of Florida topics, from politics to fiction, history to environmental issues.

For more information, contact the History Center at (813) 228-0097.

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