Tobacco Timeline: The Nineteenth Century--The Age of the Cigar
Author: Gene Borio
Copyright 1993-2003 Gene Borio
The Nineteenth Century--The Age of the Cigar
1800s: FRANCE: "Lorettes" -- prostitutes near the Notre Dame de Lorettes church--are the
first women to smoke publicly.
1800: CANADA: Tobacco begins being commercially grown in Southern Ontario.
1804-06: LEWIS AND CLARK explore Northwest, using gifts of tobacco as "life insurance."
1805-7: CERIOLI isolates nicotine, the "essential oil" or "essence of tobacco"
1805-12-25: LEWIS AND CLARK: First Christmas in the Northwest. The Lewis & Clark
party, having built a winter encampment at Fort Clatsop (OR), celebrates Christmas. Clark writes: "at day light this morning we we[re] awoke by the discharge of the fire arm of all our party & a Selute, Shoute and a Song which the whole party joined in under our windows, after which they retired to their rooms were Chearfull all the morning-- after brackfast we divided our Tobacco which amounted to 12 carrots one half of which we gave to the men of the party who used tobacco, and to those who doe not use it we make a present of a handkerchief."
1806-03-07: LEWIS AND CLARK. Patrick Gass, holed up with the expedition in Fort
Clatsup, OR, writes, "Among our other difficulties, we now experience the want of tobacco. We use crabtree bark as a substitute."
1809: SCIENCE: FRANCE: Louis Nicolas Vanquelin isolates nicotine from tobacco smoke.
1810: CONNECTICUT: Cuban cigar-roller brought to Suffield to train local workers. (ATS)
1811: POETRY: A Farewell to Tobacco Charels Lamb