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Origins of Tobacco --Susquehanna Indian Tribe U.S.A.
A wood-nymph of awe-inspiring beauty approached hunters around a
campfire who were eating freshly cooked venison. She appeared to
be hungry, so they invited here to join them. In appreciation, she
promised that if they would return to the same place after 13 moons had
passed, they would collect a reward. When they came back they
found maize growing where the wood-nymph’s right hand had touched the
soil, and beans growing where her left hand had been. Tobacco was
growing were she sat.. (Nicotiana Tabacum, Georg A Brongers, 1964.)
“The fashion of smoking caught on among colonists and when they were
asked why they did it, their only answer was, that they could not do
without it any more.” --Bishop Bartholomus de las Casas, 1474-1566 (Nicotiana
Tabacum, George A Brongers, 1964.)
“As the smoking of tobacco has taken very bad effect upon the health and
mind of many persons, I ordered that no-one should practice the habit.
My brother Shah Abbas also being aware of it's evil effects, has issued a
command against the use of it in Iran."
--Mogul Emperor of Hirdustan--Early 17th Century
The sentence was to split the lips of smokers and the death penalty for
suppliers. (The International Journal of Addictions, 1973.)
“...These people became so addicted to it (tobacco) like Drunkards to
Wine and Beer, and they cannot lose the habit of it as by nature it
warms people and dopes the brain.”
--Emanuel van Meeeren, 1598
(Nicotiana Tabacum, Georg A Brongers, 1964.)
"A custom loathsome to the eye, hateful to the nose, harmful to the
brain, dangerous to the lungs, and in the black stinking fume thereof,
nearest resembling the horrible stygian smoke of the pit that is
--James I of England (A Counterblast to Tobacco, 1604)
"To quit smoking is one of the easiest things in the world, I must have
done it over a dozen times." (Mark Twain 1835-1910).
The Beginnings of Tobacco
Sir Walter Raleigh is credited with popularizing the use of tobacco in
England and gained the favor of Queen Elizabeth I. However, he did
not fair so well under James I, who he fell out of favor with.
James I executed Sir Walter Raleigh in 1618. When show the axe to
be used at his beheading, Sir Walter Raleigh remarked "This is a sharp
medicine, but it is a physician for all diseases."
Jean Nicot (1530 to 1600) In 1560 he introduced tobacco in the
form of snuff to the French aristocracy as a cure for migraine
headaches. The tobacco plants name "nicotinia" and the active drug
it contains "nicotiana" is named after him.
Christopher Columbus arrives in America in 1492 and brings back tobacco
leaves and seeds to Europe.