Cocoa and Chocolate

Their History from Plantation to Consumer

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Author: Arthur W. Knapp
Published: 1920
Language: English
Wordcount: 40,847 / 138 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 54.2
LoC Category: D
Downloads: 3,766
Added to site: 2006.08.19
mnybks.net#: 14720
Genres: History, Nature, Cooking
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Thé, et du Chocolate. Dufour, 1693).]


Montezuma--the First Great Patron of Chocolate.

When Columbus discovered the New World he brought back with him to Europe many new and curious things, one of which was cacao. Some years later, in 1519, the Spanish conquistador, Cortes, landed in Mexico, marched into the interior and discovered to his surprise, not the huts of savages, but a beautiful city, with palaces and museums. This city was the capital of the Aztecs, a remarkable people, notable alike for their ancient civilisation and their wealth. Their national drink was chocolate, and Montezuma, their Emperor, who lived in a state of luxurious magnificence, "took no other beverage than the chocolatl, a potation of chocolate, flavoured with vanilla and other spices, and so prepared as to be reduced to a froth of the consistency of honey, which gradually dissolved in the mouth and was taken cold. This beverage if so it could be called, was served in golden goblets, with spoo

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