The Birth of Mutual Aid Societies in America

The Birth of Mutual Aid Societies in America (HM2EH8)

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N 27° 57.655', W 82° 26.502'

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Soon after the founding of Ybor City, Cuban, Spanish, and Italian tobacco workers established comprehensive health maintenance organizations. For small weekly dues they received medicines, hospitalization, and medical services.

On June 18, 1888, Don Enrique Pendas, a Spaniard, organized El Porvenir. Later came El Centro Espanol, 1891; L'Unione Italiana, 1894; El Circulo Cubano, 1902; and El Centro Asturiano, 1902. This is the oldest example of cooperative social medicine in the United States.

These self reliant people, proud of their independence, have never been a burden on society, and through the years have saved tax-payers millions of dollars.
HM NumberHM2EH8
Placed ByThe Ybor City Rotary Club in cooperation with the Tampa Historical Society
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Date Added Friday, February 22nd, 2019 at 10:02am PST -08:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17R E 358188 N 3093709
Decimal Degrees27.96091667, -82.44170000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 27° 57.655', W 82° 26.502'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds27° 57' 39.3" N, 82° 26' 30.12" W
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