Tobacco’s Ancient Origins
Did you know that the tobacco plant is at least 2.5 million years old, and originated in northeastern Peru? Fossilized tobacco dating back 2.5 million years was found in the northern Amazon, reports RedOrbit. Native Americans have used tobacco since well before Europeans began pouring onto their lands, smoking and chewing the plant. This 4.5 square-inch block of tobacco was unearthed in the Maranon river basin, proving that the plant dates back to the Pleistocene Era, originating there.
Peruvian natives didn't just smoke and chew the stuff, they also used tobacco in both pre-war and pre-lovemaking rituals, blowing smoke into the faces of warriors preparing for battle, and women preparing for sex.