1638 Episodio 2 LE.

1638 Episodio 2 LE.


Before the arrival of the Spaniards in Costa Rica, tobacco was already grown by the natives in various settlements throughout the country. These crops were later extended and managed by the fist colonists in Cartago, Ujarras, Barba and Aserri. Production was initially oriented to family consumption and was also used as a payment instrument due to the absence of currency.

It was not until 1638 that the first export of 1,000 pounds of Costa Rican tobacco to Panama is recorded followed by consignments mainly to Nicaragua and Mexico. These first exports by sea marked the beginning of this industry, which in the following years would acquire significant relevance during the colonial era.

Size: 6 x 60 

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