Triangle trade: tobacco
In the early stages of the triangle trade the goods sent over the routes included cowrie shell, metal goods, cloth, and tobacco. Before circling on these routes the tobacco plant was cultivated by those of pre-Columbian America. The people of this region smoked the plant in pipes or chewed it for both medical and ceremonial purposes. Tobacco only reached Europe when Christopher Columbus brought the seeds with him on his return trip home. Though it had came to Europe, it was not widely used until the mid-16th century. This is because adventurers like Jean Nicot had popularized its use, Nicot so much so that he gave nicotine its name. Tobacco will then go on to be one of the largest exports in the early colonies and will fuel their need for slaves.