BRITISH AMERICAN TOBACCO (LUCKY STRIKE)
..."British American Tobacco was created in 1902 by rival tobacco
companies American Tobacco and Imperial Tobacco. It was designed to
bring an end to a sales war between the two companies with American
concentrating on the Americas; Imperial on the British market and BAT
selling brands from both companies in other countries around the
James Buchanan Duke, the man behind American Tobacco, took charge of
BAT and built a large market in China. When American Tobacco was
forced to sell its shares in BAT by the US anti-trust authorities in
1911, BAT began to look to the Americas for new markets and acquired
Brazil's Souza Cruz in 1914. In 1927 BAT bought the Brown & Williamson
company in the United States..."
Same story told another way:
British American Tobacco
..."British American Tobacco - Established in 1902, when the [United
Kingdom's] Imperial Tobacco Company and the American Tobacco Company
of the USA agreed to form a joint venture, the "British-American
Tobacco Company Ltd." The parent companies agreed not to trade in each
other's domestic territory and to assign trademarks, export businesses
and overseas subsidiaries to the joint venture. James 'Buck' Duke
became its chairman. The British American Tobacco business thus began
life in countries as diverse as Canada, China, Germany, South Africa
and Australia, but not in the United Kingdom or USA.
Here's some history on the British American Tobacco web site:
BAT 1969 to 2005
I hope this clears up your confusion!
"Imperial Tobacco" AND "British American Tobacco"