BRIEF CIGAR HISTORY
Ahhh. The cigar. Is there a more relaxing time to a person’s day then the moment they spark up that tightly bound leaf of beauty? I think not.
Here is a brief history lesson about our modern day cigar. The year…1492. And who do you think sailed the ocean blue? You guessed it, Christopher Columbus. Believe it or not, Columbus aside from bringing other materials back to Europe is actually accredited with the introduction of tobacco to Europe. However, the Taino Indians use to roll large hand-made tobacco leafs together called Cohiba. This was the first recorded discovery to the Europeans of cigars. To our knowledge that is the first documented discover of cigars to the modern world.
Even the Mayans in Central America had a vast empire that incorporated the smoking of tobacco is a number of festivals and religious ceremonies. But back to Columbus. It was when European colonies started to explore the new world that they started to find out how common tobacco smoking was for the indigenous indians. The traveling back and forth from Europe to present day North/Central America would spark the need for tobacco in Portugal, Spain, Britain and France. The need for tobacco spawned plantations up and down the eastern coast of the Americans.