Plantations

In Cuba, we think especially of one thing: cigars. Though, it is not known when the first tobacco products were smoke, there is no doubt where it happened. The Cubans were certainly the first, who specifically cultivated the tobacco plant and smoked it, too.

Before Columbus landed in the Caribbean, tobacco was unknown to the rest of the world. On his return, the sailors brought tobacco to Spain and Portugal. The tobacco not only enjoyed large popularity in Europe and so the number of tobacco plantations grew enormously in Cuba: In the mid-19th century there were more than 9,500 Cuban plantations. Tobacco is one of the main industries in Cuba. But not just the tobacco boosts the industry in Cuba.

 There are also sugar cane plantations in Cuba- literally a dime a dozen. The sugar is not only the raw material for the famous Cuban rum, but it is also an essential part of the local culture. Until now, the sugar is still an export hit- despite the high demand of tobacco. Huge sugar cane plantations are still mainly found at the east coast and around Santiago de Cuba. The Cuban landscape is framed by almost endless fields, stretched alongside the roads. Sugarcane plantations can be visited by guided tours by appointmen