1567 CE
Introduction of tobacco to Southern China

Southern China is introduced to tobacco in 1567 by the Portuguese, who landed in Macau at the beginning of the 16th century. After the Portuguese establish a colony in Canton, they start trading tobacco with the Philippines.

Source: Austin, G. A. et al. (1979). Perspectives on the history of psychoactive substance use. NIDA.

Drugs: Tobacco
Regions: China
Topics: Cultivation, production and trade