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Who introduced Tobacco into Britain and when?


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Answered 2009-01-06 16:27:41

The jury is still out on this, there are three main contenders for the honour, the most likely being Sir John Hawkins, 2nd favourite is Richard Grenville, and the outsider/longshot is Sir Francis Drake.

Notice that Sir Walter Raleigh's name is not among those above after many years being touted as the person who brought tobacco to Britain, his name has now been dropped from the idea, however, he is the person who popularised the habit in Queen Elizabeth's court.

When?, it is thought mid 16th century.

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