A short clarification
to excellent noder kolzig
's post on Romeo y Julieta. The operations
of Romeo y Julieta were not technically
partially moved to the Dominican Republic
so that those cigars
could be sold legally in the United States
. What did happen
After the Cuban revolution, most industries in Cuba were nationalized. This included the cigar industry. All cigars in Cuba are now technically made by a single state run enterprise. The owners, prior to nationalization, of Romeo y Julieta, began anew in the Dominican Republic. For some of the other cigar brands that are produced in both Cuba and elsewhere, a similar pattern occurred. In some cases, the prior owners started over elsewhere, in some cases they simply sold their brand name.
By the way, Romeo y Julieta, is also the Spanish translation for Romeo and Juliet, the play by Shakespeare.