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Around 1592, the Spanish galleon San Clemente brought 50 kilograms (110 lb) of tobacco seed to the Philippines over the Acapulco-Manila trade route.
It was distributed among Roman Catholic missionaries, who found excellent climates and soils for growing high-quality tobacco there.
Since the 20th century, most all cigars are made up of three distinct components; the first being the tobacco itself which fills the center.
Later, tobacco use spread to Italy and, after Sir Walter Raleigh's voyages to the Americas, to Britain.
Smoking became familiar throughout Europe—in pipes in Britain—by the mid-16th century.
In 1542, tobacco started to be grown commercially in North America, when the Spaniards established the first cigar factory on the island of Cuba.
The word cigar originated from the Spanish cigarro, which in turn probably derives from the Mayan sicar ("to smoke rolled tobacco leaves" – from si'c, "tobacco").
There is also a possible derivation, or at least an influence, from the Spanish cigarra ("cicada"), due to their similar shape. Three of Columbus's crewmen during his 1492 journey, Rodrigo de Jerez, Hector Fuentes and Luis de Torres, are said to have encountered tobacco for the first time on the island of Hispaniola, in what is present day Haiti and the Dominican Republic, when natives presented them with dry leaves that spread a peculiar fragrance.
Finally there is the outer wrapper, which is rolled around the binder to complete the cigar, this is often printed with the cigar companies’ logo.