by: Roy S. Boyer, Sr.
the Indian tribes in what is now the
used tobacco in daily use. As the influence of the
European moved over the country-side, native
tobaccos were gradually replaced by South American
varieties. By the 19th century, processed tobacco
had become an extremely important commodity.
common native tobacco found in the eastern
Nicotiana rustica, a large plant with yellow
flowers. First found in the
settlements and introduced in
attenuata, was found in the western half of the
. It is
reported to being growing wild in some of these
miltivaluis, was grown by the Crow and Shoshoni,
along with several other tribes in
Bigelovii, was grown in
several different varieties.
quadrivalvis, a small plant only 2 feet high with
white flowers and small leaves was found with the
tabacum, originally native to South America is
most likely what is found in the late 19th century
through-out the United States and southern Canada
and seen a lot today.
Spaniards began growing tobacco in the first part
of the 16th century, as were the new settlers in
1650's. With some research you will find that the
tobacco business was a good cash crop that the
local governors of the colonies and later states
were quite involved in, building large warehouses
to store and dry this valuable resource. While
others involved in the business were moving it
through areas that were not watched as closely as
others, voiding heavy taxes on their product.
the traders would work with the growers to move
the rolls of tobacco into French territory and the
trade of furs among those trappers. The history of
tobacco, Native Americans and various periods of
our countries growth, the Fur Trade , etc. can
fill a book shelf.
I thought you may enjoy one of my grandfather
articles written back in the mid 1940, this one
not being printed until - Published
1951; Pennsylvania Outdoors
Until next time, we leave as friends and followers of
those that went before us.