Companies mandating tobacco

24-Oct-2015 10:38 by 2 Comments

Companies mandating tobacco

Rodrigo de Jerez and Luis de Torres, in Cuba searching for the Khan of Cathay (China), are credited with first observing smoking.

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He brought the habit back to his hometown, but the smoke billowing from his mouth and nose so frightened his neighbors he was imprisoned by the holy inquisitors for 7 years.By the time he was released, smoking was a Spanish craze.Seventeenth Century--"The Great Age of the Pipe" When tillage begins, other arts follow. Tobacco comes into use as "Country Money" or "Country Pay" in the colonies.The farmers therefore are the founders of human civilization. Tobacco continues to be used as a monetary standard--literally a "cash crop"-- throughout the 17th and 18th Centuries, lasting twice as long as the gold standard.Copyright 1997 Gene Borio, the Tobacco BBS (212-982-4645.Web Page: Original Tobacco BBS material may be reprinted in any non-commercial venue if accompanied by this credit, with hyperlinks intact.

SOURCES: Thanks to tobacco researcher Larry Breed (LB) for his contributions.

He recently found a little tome called "This Smoking World" (1927), and shared some of its events (TSW).

I am also beginning to incorporate events referenced in Richard Kluger's monumental Ashes to Ashes (RK), The American Tobacco Story (ATS), Corti's "A History of Smoking (1931), Elizabeth Whelan's A Smoking Gun, and Susan Wagner's Cigarette Country (1971).

Another important source is Bill Drake's wonderful The European Experience With Native American Tobacco (BD)On this bright morning Columbus and his men set foot on the New World for the first time, landing on the beach of the island he named "San Salvador." The indigenous Arawaks, possibly thinking the strange visitors divine, offer gifts.

Columbus wrote in his journal, "the natives brought fruit, wooden spears, and certain dried leaves which gave off a distinct fragrance." As each item seemed much-prized; Columbus accepted the gifts and ordered them brought back to the ship.

The fruit was eaten; the pungent "dried leaves" were thrown away.