Tobacco And The American Revolution

1783 WordsOct 31, 20148 Pages
Tobacco has been around since the 17th century and was the first crop grown for money in North America. In 1612, the settlers of the first American colony in Jamestown, Virginia grew tobacco as a cash crop. Tobacco helped pay for the American Revolution against England. By the 1800’s, many people had begun using tobacco in different ways. Some chewed it, others smoked it in a fancy pipe, and some even hand rolled a cigarette or cigar. Most people only smoked about 40 cigarettes a year. It wasn’t until 1865 that the first commercial cigarettes were made by Washington Duke on his 300 acre farm in Raleigh, North Carolina. He made hand rolled cigarettes and sold them to the soldiers at the end of the Civil war. In 1881 cigarette smoking became wide spread due to James Bonsack’s invention of the cigarette making machine. Bonsack’s machine could make 120,000 cigarettes a day. Because of this machine, he created a business with Washington dukes son, James Duke. They built a factory and made about 10 million cigarettes the first year and around one billion cigarettes only five years later. They packed the cigarettes in a box with baseball cards and called them Duke of Durham. They were known as the first brand of cigarettes. Buck Duke and his dad started the first tobacco company in the U.S. and names it the American Tobacco Company. The American Tobacco Company became the largest and most powerful company until the early 1900’s. By then, several companies had started making
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