Tag Archives: Food History

So Squanto Was An Aztec Agent?

In the 1800’s, one of the leading business magnates in the US supposedly created an article about how Squanto’s turkeys that were served at the first Thanksgiving may have been gifted more directly from the Aztecs than first thought. Interestingly enough, a former editor and US Senator’s family pointed out that the Senator had already said that when he said that Squanto had to have been an Aztec agent because there were no turkeys in Texas. So who actually was the first to talk about Squanto and the Aztecs when it came to turkey? Well, because their topic is similar, it looks like there is a common source for both sets of comments.

The Food Historian: Meat and Potatoes- On the Inca Trail

The next time you eat some French Fries or dig into a baked potato, remember to thank the Peruvians for spending thousands of years developing different varieties of potatoes that the Spanish and British ended up distributing all over the world. The impact of the potato was so great in Europe that today, when you go to normal restaurants in Spain and order the plate of the day, it will often include meat like chicken and some form of fried potatoes, a crop unknown to them until Columbus discovered the Americas.

The Food Historian: The tomato comes alive in Europe

Hernan Cortes de Pizzaro, the conqueror of Mexico. has remained a controversial, yet influential figure for a few hundred years.

What doesn’t come up very often about Cortes in the press is the notion that he deserves historical credit for introducing the tomato to Europe.

Gold, Silver, and Tomatoes