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1 Discuss the impact on the US of TWO foods coca cocaine tobaccoTobacco and Cocaine have contrary history but theyre from the same origin once a gift from indigenous people to their future conquerors and nowadays a commodity in modern societyFirstly Tobacco is a native plant mainly found in the Americas The origins of tobacco are still unknown The first historical document on tobacco was recorded in Christopher Columbuss dairy on the 11 of October 1492 in the village of Arawaks where he was offered a number of dried leaves as a present from the natives1 A month later members of his voyage were returning from a trip into the interior of the Caribbeans reported seeing the natives smoking leaves2 A bunch of dried leaves didnt impress Columbus who was a merchant in search of gold and spices As decades pasted some of the colonist settled into whats now known as America searching for precious metals with little success until they realized the value of tobacco but mass production didnt start till the beginning of the sixteenth centuryIt was documented that John Rolfe was the first man to grow tobacco as a commercial crop for both domestic and export markets3 His venture was so successful it expanded rapidly into Kentucky which soon became responsible for half of Americans production In the seventeenth century ten million kilograms of tobacco were exported to Europe an astronomical figure in those times4 The profitability of tobacco helped the new world establish its economy The economic impact of tobacco made new world flourish to the point where tobacco became currency on which other goods were valued paid salaries debts and taxesIn late seventeenth century the profits from the tobacco industry helped fund the American Revolution When the British armys invade the south they realized that the tobacco was helping the revolution and as part of their war strategy began targeting large plantation destroying nearly half of the crops Then General
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