If you are new to smoking cigars, you may be interested in learning some of the illustrious history behind these fine products. Where did cigars originate? How did their popularity spread and develop over time?
Along with typically been credited with discovering America, Christopher Columbus is the explorer generally considered to have been the one to have brought tobacco to Europe for the first time. It was on the island of Hispaniola that two of his crewmen were introduced to tobacco by the natives of the island. Since smoking was widespread through the Caribbean at that time, when Columbus and his crew arrived in Cuba later they were able to experience tobacco once again in the form of rolled up tobacco, palm and plantain leaves – the prototype for a cigar.
When they returned to Europe, the conquistadors brought the new recreation of cigar smoking home to their countrymen. Smoking spread quickly through Europe, most notably through the French ambassador Jean Nicot, from whose name we derive the word nicotine.
By the 1700s, tobacco was a major cash crop for America. By this time, cigars were very popular throughout the world. Cigarettes on the other hand did not become popular until the 20th century.
Who are some famous gentlemen in history that enjoyed cigars? King Edward VII, President Ulysses S. Grant, Sigmund Freud and Winston Churchill were all huge fans of the cigar – Winston Churchill even has a cigar size named in his honor.
Out of respect for the long tradition of cigar manufacturing, premium cigars are still hand made to ensure that they contain the same high quality craftsmanship that cigar connoisseurs have enjoyed for centuries. When you decide to smoke a cigar, you are participating in a time honored legacy with deep historical and cultural roots.