It’s hard to comprise something within few words when you prefer talking about Habanos history.
Havana has a rich culture in terms of producing cigars. This city itself has stated a great history and inspiring stature towards fellow countries to produce quality cigars. Cuban cigars can’t be completed if you omit the tag Habanos! However, habanos history of cigar production can’t be bounded with hundreds of years. It was South America from where the tobacco plant was initiated in Cuba.
There is still confusion over the exact time or locations of bringing to Cuba, but it is assumed that, it happened in between 2000 to 3000 B.C. In those periods, the aborigines used to consider these tobacco plants as miraculous medicine, and significant part of their political, religious and social programs. The tobacco plant was also part of the cultivating items that helped them to expand it impressively.
Europeans got a chance to introduce with this plant when they succeeded reaching Americas. They also believed that, this tobacco leave could be a great source of spiritual and physical pleasure. Thus, it hadn’t taken much time for adopting this magic leaves as passion for old continent. It is stated that, Spain had the most number of smokers at that period of time, and the people were subjected for punishments due to smoking. This passion became habit and spread towards Japan, Persia, Russia and Turkey. Interesting fact is that, tobacco started using for medicinal purposes as it has been banned for smoking.
King Philip V started growing tobacco under royal venture in Cuba. This history has been regarded as Estanco Del Tabaco. This monopoly product sustained for 1817 as it had been removed by a royal decree. The incidence opened up the door for trading freely between Cuba and the rest of the world as long it is bounded by Spanish territory. Slaves were not included for tobacco growing as it had to be cultivated and harvested carefully. Some of the Canary Island immigrants used to work on those tobacco growing fields that had laid a pretty special foundation for tobacco plant history. There were about 10,000 tobacco plantations within 1859 and 1300 cigar manufacturing places in the Cuba’s capital city. Cuba entered in a new era with a precarious condition as the devastated war for independence was over!
The first attempt of Cuban cigar production was hand rolled tobacco style. Later stage, machine made cigar production started. Still the preference for handmade Cuban cigar is much higher than any other production style.