origin of tobacco
Asked by: aohaega-ga
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23 Jun 2005 09:36 PDT
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Question ID: 536317
When and where was the origin or foundation of tobacco? What i want to know is when the people started to smoke and in what country by any method ( cigaret, pipe...etc)
Re: origin of tobacco
Answered By: websearcher-ga on 23 Jun 2005 09:52 PDT
Hello aohaega: Thanks for the interesting question. The history of tobacco use is well represented on the Web. All sources that I found tend to point to the native American (both north and south) as the first users of tobacco around 1 B.C. The first "Western" tobacco users appear to be the Spanish around 1492-1493. The best and most thorough description of the chronological history of tobacco that I was able to find is: TOBACCO TIMELINE URL: http://www.tobacco.org/History/Tobacco_History.html I've pulled out a few of the timeline elements that are most relevant to your question: * c.1 BCE: Experts believe American inhabitants have begun finding ways to use tobacco, including smoking (in a number of variations), chewing and in probably hallucinogenic enemas (by the Peruvian Aguaruna aboriginals). * 600-1000 CE: UAXACTUN, GUATEMALA. First pictorial record of smoking: A pottery vessel found here dates from before the 11th century. On it a Maya is depicted smoking a roll of tobacco leaves tied with a string. The Mayan term for smoking was sik'ar. * 1492-11: Jerez and Torres Discover Smoking; Jerez Becomes First European Smoker Rodrigo de Jerez and Luis de Torres, in Cuba searching for the Khan of Cathay (China), are credited with first observing smoking. This excellent and detailed history continues with the further links under the "NAVIGATION" section at the bottom of the page. Search Strategy (on Google): * tobacco history I hope this helps. websearcher
Re: origin of tobacco
From: frde-ga on 25 Jun 2005 03:59 PDT
I might as well save Websearcher answering that BC stands for 'Before Christ' AD stands for Anno Domini - year of the Lord - ie: after Christ's birth Since quite a lot of people are not Christian, an alternative convention has been evolved. CE = Common Era = AD BCE = Before Common Era = BC As for tobacco in Saudi before 1500 CE ( 1500 AD ) it seems unlikely. I have heard suggestions that nicotine was found in the embalming materials of Egyptian mummies, but if they had been smoking it, we would have some evidence, for example they were pretty keen on Lotus flowers that are a narcotic, which is why it turns up in their art work. Circa 1500 CE Saudi almost certainly knew about other mild narcotics such as the betel nut from India, also the obvious smokeable. If tobacco was widely smoked, there would probably be widespread knowledge.
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