Have you ever wondered where cigars were first produced? It is widely believed that cigars were first produced in Spain. But before cigars became fashionable in Europe, you need to make snuff. The snuff is native to the Americas where indigenous peoples have been hundreds of years. It is believed that the Maya of the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico and parts of Central America cultivated snuff, and smoking, even! Consumption of snuff was extended to other tribes, north and south. It is believed that its first use in the United States was probably one of the tribes along the Mississippi. It was not until Christopher Columbus sailed his famous voyage to the Americas in 1492 that the world came to know snuff. It is said that Columbus is not impressed with the tobacco or its use among indigenous peoples, but many sailors grew found a strange plant. Soon quickly caught up in Spain and Portugal. From there it spread to France, where the French ambassador Jean Nicot lent his name to the scientific name for tobacco (Nicotiana tabacum). Origin of the word tobacco itself still suspect, although many believe it is simply a corruption of the word Tobago, which is the name of an island in the Caribbean. Others believe it derives from the word Tabasco, regional (and now state) in Mexico. The first tobacco plantation in the United States was established in Virginia in 1612. More tobacco plantations followed in Maryland soon after. Although tobacco became a popular culture, it was only smoked in pipes. The cigar was not introduced in the U.S. until the late 18th century. Israel Putnam, an army general who had served in the Revolutionary War, is credited with introducing the cigar to the United States. He had traveled to Cuba after the American Revolution and returned with a box of Cuban cigars. Their use is spreading rapidly and soon the cigar factories were established in the area of Harford, Connecticut, where General Putnam lived. Europe, cigar production and consumption has gained great popularity until the Peninsula War in the early 19. British and French veterans returned home after years in Spain to serve their pipes in tow. Between the rich and fashionable, a popular method of taking tobacco was the cigar. Smoking a cigar with a rich society and more discriminating.