Think of Cuba and cuban cigars are one of the first items that pop to memory for several people, just how did Cuban Cigars become such an essential piece of the island’s history?
By the moment Christopher Columbus arrived in Cuba in 1492, the locals have been smoking tobacco for decades, if not centuries. They called the plant “cohiba,” and used to roll the tobacco leaves in maize or palm leaves before lighting.
This new form of cigar attracted Columbus, and he delivered some tobacco leaves to Spain. Before long, the Spanish were making a roaring enterprise in tobacco as cigars grew fashionable during the Old World, producing considerable profits. Interestingly the cigar factories of the era were established in Spain, not in Cuba, with the first cigar factories starting production in 1676.