President Armando Dorta was the 11th and 13th president of El Círculo Cubano de Tampa. He served his first term from 1949-1952 and second term from 1955-1956.

Armando and Estela Dorta

 This page was made possible by his grandson Frank Garcia, prominent paleontologist responsible for more than 30 previously undiscovered species of prehistoric animals. Frank is also the composer, writer and singer of “El Corazon de Tampa” (video below). He is also a writer. Frank inherited these photographs from his abuela, Estela Dorta.  My gratitude and appreciation goes to Frank for allowing me to include his pictures and song on my website.

“El Corazon de Tampa” by Frank Garcia

A Tribute to his abuelos Estela and Armando Dorta

and his beloved Tampa, (Ybor City and West Tampa)

Frank Garcia’s grandmother
Frank Garcia’s grandmother

Frank Garcia’s grandmother Estela Dorta. Her membership passport into the Círculo Cubano de Tampa at 17 years of age.

Order of the Gentleman of the Light
Order of the Gentleman of the Light

Armando Dorta’s membership into the “Order of the Gentleman of the Light” similar to the Freemason fraternal organization, 1949.

Board of Directors
Board of Directors

President Armando Dorta and his Board of Directors of El Círculo Cubano de Tampa. All the pictures below are from his presidency in the 1950’s.

El Salon de Baile
El Salon de Baile

Beautiful picture of El Salon de Baile, 4th floor of El Circulo Cubano de Tampa. Notice this was before the wrought-iron gates were built and installed.

Marta Fernandez Miranda de Batista
Marta Fernandez Miranda de Batista

In the Salon de Baile / Ballroom during the displaying of Cuban Dictator Fulgencio Batista’s wife, Marta Fernandez Miranda de Batista’s portrait at a ceremony.

Miss Círculo Cubano
Miss Círculo Cubano

President Dorta escorting a new Miss Círculo Cubano.

Miss Círculo Cubano
Miss Círculo Cubano

President Dorta in the Gasparilla Parade accompanying a new Miss Círculo Cubano.

VIP visitors from Cuba
VIP visitors from Cuba

VIP visitors from Cuba and Miss Círculo Cubano.

Cuban dictator Fulgencio Batista
Cuban dictator Fulgencio Batista

To the far right of this picture is President Dorta and next to him is Cuban dictator Fulgencio Batista and his wife, Marta and Miss Círculo Cubano.

President Dorta speaking
President Dorta speaking

Ceremony at El Círculo Cubano in El Teatro. At microphone is President Dorta addressing the audience.

President Dorta and his Board
President Dorta and his Board

President Dorta and his Board of Directors, in El Salon de Sesiones.

President Armando Dorta
President Armando Dorta

Far right, President Armando Dorta and next to him with a white jacket on is Mayor of Tampa Curtis Hixon, one of his best friends.

A dance in El Patio
A dance in El Patio

A dance in El Patio at El Círculo Cubano.

President Dorta with his wife
President Dorta with his wife

Not sure the location, but by the floor tiles and window decoration I don't believe this is El Círculo Cubano. But centered is President Dorta with his wife and Miss Círculo Cubano all having a toast.

President Dorta in the 1950’s
President Dorta in the 1950’s

President Dorta in the 1950’s, dressed in a double breasted dark suit with the National Cuban Navy.

President Dorta, meeting in the 50’s
President Dorta, meeting in the 50’s

President Dorta, meeting in the 50’s at El Círculo Cubano de Tampa.

Possible coronation ceremony
Possible coronation ceremony

Possible coronation ceremony of a former Miss Círculo Cubano to the new Miss Círculo Cubano. President Dorta far right.

Donation Ceremony
Donation Ceremony

Possible donation to El Círculo Cubano de Tampa presented to President Dorta. I zoomed in and it seems to be a $10,000.00 check. Couldn't make out the wording.

Ceremony w/ the National Cuban Navy
Ceremony w/ the National Cuban Navy

Ceremony in front of El Círculo Cubano de Tampa with the National Cuban Navy.

Ceremony w/ the National Cuban Navy
Ceremony w/ the National Cuban Navy

Ceremony in front of El Círculo Cubano de Tampa with the National Cuban Navy. President Dorta towards left side of picture with arms crossed (white suit).

Cuban Propaganda program
Cuban Propaganda program

Cuban Propaganda program held at El Círculo Cubano. “The Centennial Celebration of the Cuban Flag” 1850-1950

1931 old program booklet
1931 old program booklet

1931 old program booklet

President Dorta with his Board
President Dorta with his Board

President Dorta with his Board of Directors

A beauty pageant at the club
A beauty pageant at the club

A beauty pageant at the club, possibly Miss Círculo Cubano Pageant. Center, right in a dark suit is President Dorta.

Círculo Cubano Pageant
Círculo Cubano Pageant

Círculo Cubano Pageant. President Dorta far left with white dinner coat.

El Círculo Cubano de Tampa Saturday
El Círculo Cubano de Tampa Saturday

El Círculo Cubano de Tampa Saturday evening gathering.

ball for the National Cuban Navy
ball for the National Cuban Navy

President Dorta and Mrs. Dorta sitting far left. Armando with bow tie and Mrs. Dorta with a bee-hive hair-do at a ball /dance for the National Cuban Navy

Cuban Dictator Batista’s wife
Cuban Dictator Batista’s wife

President Armando Dorta looking up at Cuban Dictator Batista’s wife’s portrait being unveiled in a ceremony.

President Dorta and his Board
President Dorta and his Board

President Dorta and his Board of Directors

National Cuban Navy
National Cuban Navy

National Cuban Navy at El Circulo Cubano de Tampa

PRESIDENT DORTA