Tobacco History

Tobacco became one of the primary products used by  the colonization of the future American South. this was done many years before the USA was created.  in the beggining the colonial expansion, had a very big desire to make the tobacco production bigger.  This was their dream.

Native Americans used tobacco before Europeans arrived in North & At extremely high doses, tobacco becomes hallucinogenic; In addition to being smoked, uncured tobacco was often eaten, drunk as tobacco juice, or used in enemas. Religious use of tobacco is still very well known by indigenous peoples, particularly those of South America.

Tobacco has always been interesting for many people because it has been discovered for centuries. It is said that there was sent a woman to save the humanity and where she touched the groung with hand there grew food but where she sat there grew tobacco.

The tobacco raised in Virginia at that time, Nicotiana rustica, was not to the liking of the Europeans, but Rolfe had brought some seed for Nicotiana tabacum with him from Bermuda. Although most of the settlers wouldn’t touch the tobacco crop, Rolfe was able to make his fortune farming it for export at Varina Farms Plantation.

The importation of tobacco into Europe was not without resistance and controversy, even in the 17th century. In his essay, the king denounced tobacco use as custome lothsome to the eye, hatefull to the Nose, harmefull to the braine, dangerous to the Lungs, and in the blacke stinking fume thereof, neerest resembling the horrible Stigian smoke of the pit that is bottomelesse.” In that same year, an English statute was enacted that placed a heavy protective tariff on every pound of tobacco brought into England.

In mythology there are many examples with big personalities who have tried to have all their tobacco bussiness in their hands.

A historian of the American South in the late 1860s reported on typical usage in the region where it was grown: The chewing of tobacco was well-nigh universal. An observant traveller in the South in 1865 said that in his belief seven-tenths of all persons above the age of twelve years, both male and female, used tobacco in some form.
As a lucrative crop, tobacco has been the subject of a great deal of biological and genetic research. The economic impact of Tobacco Mosaic disease was the impetus that led to the isolation of Tobacco mosaic virus, the first virus to be identified.

Throughout the 17th and 18th centuries, tobacco continued to be the “cash crop” of the Virginia Colony, along with The Carolinas.
Until 1883, tobacco excise tax accounted for one third of internal revenue collected by the United States government.

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