As Cuba became overrun by the Communists, the tobacco landscape changed. Hipolito's son Gilberto Oliva shifted from growing to brokering tobacco. In the early 60's when the pressure became too great, Gilberto left Cuba and travelled from country to country in search of soils that could produce that distinct Cuban taste. His travels took him to Honduras, Panama, Mexico and even the Philippines. Gilberto finally found fertile ground in Nicaragua. Today Gilberto along with his family are Nicaragua's second largest grower of Cuban-seed tobacco.