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HISTORY OF TOBACCO

Tobacco has been a Mohawk tradition for hundreds of years. Tobacco has been used by the Mohawks as medicine, as currency, and in ceremonial rituals. Native American tribes throughout North America would incinerate or smoke the tobacco leaves during religious and other ceremonies. They believed they were sending signals and prayers to the spiritual world. Tobacco was imperative for Native Americans, and was the first cash crop grown by the settlers of the first American colony in Jamestown, Virginia.