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History Of Coca-Cola Coca-Cola was born on may 8th 1886 at the hands of Dr John Smith Pemberton In the laboratory of his house at 107 Marietta Street Atlanta Georgia he finally settled on the syrup later to be known as Coca-Cola1 John Pemberton was born in Knoxville Georgia in 1831 At the age of 17 he attended the Botanical Medicine School of the State of Georgia2 After school he owned a drug store in Columbus Georgia and fought for the confederacy in the Civil War During the war he became addicted to morphine from an injury3 After the war ended he moved to Atlanta Georgia and kept up his pharmacy business at home He created such patent medicines as Globe flower Cough Syrup Extract of Stillingia Triple Liver Pills Lemon Orange Elixer and French wine of Coca The latter being very similar to the Vin Mariani created by a private industrialist Angelo Mariani was inevitably the biggest seller The Vin Mariani was a cocaine laced Bordeaux wine popular throughout the world4 French Wine of coca included cocaine as well as caffeine from the kola nut found in a tree from Africa It was sold as a cure for nervous disorders disturbances of internal plumbing and impotency5 1wwwgoecitiescom 2wwwsodafountaincom 3wwwtangaworldcom 4wwwgeocitiescom 5wwwstanfordcom In November 1885 Pemberton decided to remove the wine and offer it as a syrup based medicine or a fountain drink after Atlanta voted to become a dry city effective July 18866 He began experimenting When he started out the overall taste was very bitter due to the caffeine and
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