The history of popcorn


The American indians invented “popcorn” in about 3000 BC. Christopher Columbus and his men bought popcorn from the inhabitants of the West Indies, but it was in the form of necklaces. Hernando Cortes saw popcorn when he invaded  Mexico City because the Aztecs wore popcorn jewellery at religious ceremonies. Indians from the Wapanoag tribe brought bags of popcorn to the first Thanksgiving meal in 1621, so European settlers in America soon discovered it was a tasty snack. We call popcorn “popcorn” because the word “pop” means “a small explosive sound,” and that’s the sound we hear when we cook popcorn.

(Text from Link Up    -    OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS)


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