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through a Y-shaped tube. Pane is usually credited with being the first man to introduce tobacco to Europe.

  • 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, "De Insularium Ribitus."

  • 1498: Columbus visits Trinidad and Tobago, naming the latter after the native tobacco pipe.

  • 1499: Amerigo Vespucci noticed that the American Indians had a curious habit of chewing

green leaves mixed with a white powder. They carried two gourds around their necks -- one filled with leaves, the other with powder. First, they put leaves in their mouths. Then, after dampening a small stick with saliva, they dipped it in the powder and mixed the adhering powder with the leaves in their mouths, making a kind of chewing tobacco. (Imperial Tobacco Canada, http://www.imperialtobaccocanada.com/e/world/history/index.html)

Next Chapter: The Sixteenth Century--Sailors Spread the Seeds

NAVIGATION

Chapter 1: Discovery Chapter 2: The Sixteenth Century--Sailors Spread the Seeds Chapter 3: The Seventeenth Century--"The Great Age of the Pipe" Chapter 4: The Eighteenth Century--Snuff Holds Sway Chapter 5: The Nineteenth Century--The Age of the Cigar Chapter 6: The Twentieth Century, 1900-1950--The Rise of the Cigarette Chapter 7: The Twentieth Century, 1950-1999--The Battle is Joined Chapter 8: The New Millennium Notes

Tobacco Timeline: The Sixteenth Century--Sailors Spread the Seeds

Author: Gene Borio

TOBACCO TIMELINE

Copyright 1993-2003 Gene Borio

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