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Poster: firstname.lastname@example.org (Christopher M Dawson)
I'm doing some guess work and association here, but smoking pipes was
common long before the 'age of exploration', correct? If so, wouldn't
some form of tobacco been in use....... Another posting said that
nicotine and cocaine traces were found in mummies, so with there being
plenty of contact on both sides of the Mediterranean, such products from
Egypt could have made there way into Europe by the middle ages..... Also,
if one were to follow tectonic movements, the movement of continents, you
would find that the land masses were very close if not actually connected
at one point in time...... therefore finding plants that share common
traits (i.e. nicotine) would not be impossible.....This is supported by
the common traits shared by animals in the various locations.....
Just some thoughts....
Who may be guilty of not doing research, but not for not using his
On Mon, 02 Jun 1997 11:29:41 -0500 (EST) mn13189@WCUVAX1.WCU.EDU writes:
>I was doing a little light reading on the Bubonic Plauge over
>this morning and I came across a curious fact. Apparantly, smoking
>tobacco was a common plague remedy during the 14th century, especially
>Holland. Now, I had always thought that tobacco did not come into use
>Europe until after the age of Exploration in the late 15th and 16th
>centuries, when the plant was brought over from the Americas. I
>that if this was the case it would be a commodity available only to
>upper crust, and made more widely available as time went on.
> Was there some European form of tobacco that would have been
>as a plague remedy in the 14th century? (Please, no posts about
>Celtic, or any other pre-Columbian American settlements--that's not
>I'm asking about, we've done it two or three times already, and I
>any of these excursions caused a great tobacco trade).
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