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Huron Indian myth has it that in ancient times when the land was barren and the people were starving the Great Spirit sent forth a woman to save humanity As she traveled over the world everywhere her right hand touched the soil there grew potatoes And everywhere her left hand touched the soil there grew corn And when the world was rich and fertile she sat down and rested When she arose there grew tobacco The sacred origin of tobacco and the first pipe Schoolcraft c 6000 BC Experts believe the tobacco plant as we know it today begins growing in the Americas c 1 BCE Experts believe American inhabitants begin finding ways to use tobacco including smoking via a number of variations and in enemas c 1 CE Tobacco was nearly everywhere in the Americas American Heritage Book of Indians p41 600-1000 CE UAXACTUN GUATEMALA First pictorial record of smoking A pottery vessel found here dates from before the 11th century On it a Maya is depicted smoking a roll of tobacco leaves tied with a string The Mayan term for smoking was sikar ------------------------------------------------------------------------The Chiapas Gift or The Indians Revenge 1492-10-15 Columbus Discovers Smoking 1497 Robert Pane who accompanied Christopher Columbus on his second voyage in 1493 writes the first report of native tobacco use to appear in Europe 1518 MEXICO JUAN DE GRIJALVA lands in Yucatan observes cigarette smoking by natives ATS 1519 MEXICO CORTEZ conquers AZTEC capitol finds Mexican natives smoking perfumed reed cigarettesATS 1530 MEXICO BERNARDINO DE SAHAGUN missionary in Mexico distinguishes between sweet commercial tobacco Nicotiana tabacum and coarse Nicotiana rusticaATS 1531 SANTO DOMINGO European cultivation of tobacco begins 1534 CUBA SANTO DOMINGO Tall tobaccosweet broadleaved Nicotiana tabacumtransplanted from Central American mainland to Cuba and Santo DomingoATS 1548 BRAZIL Portuguese cultivate tobacco for commercial export 1554 ANTWERP Cruydeboeck presents first illustration of tobacco
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