Tobacco in Cuba’s economy was impacted greatly by the planting of tobacco. The Idea of smoking was found in cuba after Christopher Columbus got to Cuba in 1492. When he got to Cuba he found the locals of Cuba what they called “drinking smoke” from an early version of a Cuban cigar. When the Spanish first went to Cuba and discovered the Cuban natives smoking there versions of a cigar the Spanish reported that the Cubans were walking around “with a firebrand of weeds in their hands to take in the fragrant smoke.
” The natives of Cuba had been apparently smoking these cigars for centuries before Christopher Columbus discovered them smoking these cigars.https://www.thoughtco.com/the-truth-about-christopher-columbus-2136697 Though there was disagreement because Spanish, Dutch and the Portuguese all tried to make claims that they were the reason the “Old World” had picked up the habit of smoking as well. Though there was definitely a very large quantity and thriving business of exporting tobacco products out of Cuba than to the “Old World.” In result, Cuba started making lots of money offed of tobacco, amounts greatly surpassing what they would if they picked had a business in gold mining.These cigars that the native Cuban people were smoking when Columbus discovered it was made out of a leaf that came from a plant that they called “Cohiba.
” They then rolled the leaf very tightly to create a cigar with tobacco that they could smoke from. They then wrapped the rolled up “Cohiba” leaf in palm leaves or they also used maize before they then dipped the series of roller up leaves in salt water. They usually used salt water for the dip as it was a natural source of salted water. Through time Cuba’s economy has flourished through the exporting of tobacco.
Cuba now has the second largest amount of space that is planted with tobacco out of every country worldwide! Cuban cigars are a product that is known and demanded worldwide. Pretty much all tobacco and cigars that Cuba makes/harvests are exported to other countries for use. The estimated amount of income that Cuba produces from cigars alone is an estimated $200 million US dollars. Within Cuba Tobacco is the third largest source of income. Spain and other countries contributed greatly to the massive income gained by tobacco in Cuba too. Around 1830 The French pushed hard to get into the cigar manufacturing industry. “In 1779, Germany industries were granted the right for five years by the papal government in Rome to manufacture bastoni di tobacco – “tobacco sticks”, or cigars” Then going forward Italian and German industries flourished through the manufacturing of the cigar. Around this time tobacco was being sent to Spain and many other countries to produced cigars.
When they tried to send Havana cigars Trans-Atlantic they were surprised to find that they survived the trip very well. After this, there were trademarks being put in place and this was the start of an extreme money-making industry that ended up flourishing and increasing income for Cuba because of Cuba’s much-demanded tobacco.Over all, it is concluded that Cuba’s economy was impacted greatly by the planting of tobacco. The tobacco first needed to be spread and that was done by the Spanish explorers that came into Cuba finding them to be smoking the plant. Most notably when Christopher Columbus set foot on Cuba for the first time he saw them smoking and is believed to have picked it up and spread it very quickly along his voyages around the world. Then after it was spread countries started to have strong demand for this plant because of the ability to make cigars.
Countries like Germany, Spain, Italy, and Rome saw this as a huge money-making industry and that prompted them to get trademarks and produce cigars. Then all going back to Cuba because the most needed ingredient to make a cigar is tobacco and Cuba was a massive tobacco harvester which skyrocketed the demand and income as they exported the plant.