Where Did Ancient Egyptians Get Nicotine and Cocaine? #JovanHuttonPulitzer #InvestigatingHistory

Today, many people believe that Christopher Columbus was not the first non-American to set foot in the New World. The Vikings, ChineseGreeks, and Italians may have all been his predecessors. There is also a belief that ancient Egyptians were in the Americas as far back as 1,000 BC. The reason for their proposed journey is rather surprising.

Dr. Svetla Balabanova made a shocking find while examining the mummy of a member of the ancient Egyptian elite – traces of nicotine and cocaine . The question soon arose: How did Lady Henut Taui have access to elements from the tobacco and coca plants about 3,000 years ago?

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