History of the Cigar
Native Americans first start cultivating the tobacco plant.
Circa 1 BC
Indigenous American tribes start smoking tobacco in religious ceremonies and for medicinal purposes.
Christopher Columbus first encounters dried tobacco leaves. They were given to him as a gift by the American Indians.
Tobacco plant and smoking introduced to Europeans.
Europeans start cultivation of the tobacco plant in Central America.
First attempt at tobacco cultivation in Europe fail.
European doctors start publishing works on healthy properties of the tobacco plant, claiming it can cure a myriad of diseases, from toothache to lockjaw and cancer.
Tobacco used as cash-crop – a monetary standard that lasts twice as long as the gold standard.
King James I condemns tobacco in his treatise A Counterblast to Tobacco.
Tobacco shops open across Britain, selling the Virginia blend tobacco.
Popes ban use of tobacco in holy places, considering sneezing (snuff) too close to sexual pleasures.
Turkey introduces a death penalty for smoking but it doesn’t stay in effect for long and is lifted in 1647.
Tobacco arrives in Africa – European settlers grow it and use it as a currency.
African slaves are first forced to work on tobacco plantations, years before they become a workforce in the cotton fields.