CIGAR and TOBACCO “TALES”

 

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.
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