Habanos : the underlying history
Tobacco's culture has probably began on the American continent, most likely in Mexico since tobacco was already known by the Mayas.
After Christopher Columbus' journey in 1492, the rest of the world was discovering tobacco. Afterwards, Spanish and Portugese sailors brought back to Europe tobacco, which started to be popular.
The origin of the word "tobacco"
We can possibly imagine that the word tobacco comes from the island of Tobago in the Carribbean. Other sources indicate that the origin of this word comes from the Tabasco state in Mexico. As for the word "cigar", it derives from "sikar" which means "to smoke" in the Mayas language.
The production
The first European cigars were manufactured in Spain (Seville) beginning in 1717. At the beginning of the 19th century, the spanish cigars were replaced by cuban cigars because of their better quality.
In Cuba, tabacco production has existed since the beginning of the 16th century. In the middle of the 19th century, there were 9'500 tobacco plantations and about 1'300 manufacturers. This number was reduced to 120 around the start of the 20th century.
Facts about cigars
1. Five types of leaves are required to make a Habano.
2. “The Tripa” or core of the cigar contains a mixture of 3 leaves : Ligero, Seco and Volado.
3. These are wrapped by the undercoat, “La Capote”, whereas the outer layer, “La Capa”, covers the cigar to give it its appearance.
4. There are two varieties of seed, each of which produces a different tobacco plant : “Corojo” and “Criollo”.



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