Cocoa throughout history

 

1000 B.C.

First traces of cocoa among the indigenous peoples of the northern region of South America.

600 A.D.

First plantations of the Mayas of Mexico and in Central America. Cocoa was consumed as a drink and was also used as currency.

1502

Christopher Columbus reaches Nicaragua and discovers cocoa beans for the first time.

1525

Cocoa is introduced into Trinidad.

1528

Cortez brings the first cocoa beans back to Europe

1560

Cocoa is introduced into Indonesia: into Celebes (now Sulawesi) and Java.

First half of
17th century

General craze for the consumption of cocoa all over Europe.

2nd half of
17th century

To satisfy the increasing demand for it, cocoa is introduced into Haiti, the Dominican Republic, Curaçao and off the coast of Africa in the Gulf of Guinea on the island of Bioko.