HISTORY OF CHOCOLATE II
Before the XVIth century, nobody in Europe had heard about the popular chocolate drink in South and central America. They only discovered it in July 1502, when Christopher Columbus discovered this drink on the Guanaja island. The importation of chocolate in Europe began when the Spanish conquered the Aztec, and from that moment, chocolate was very popular in the Spanish Court. In 1519, Hernan Cortés discovered the chocolate drink and chocolate began to expand to the other Spanish colonies. The slavery of South American people was very useful to produce cocoa in high quantities.
However,only the members of the Royal family and the specialists could drink it, because it was still expensive.
- in 1657, the first chocolate factory opened in London and Hans Sloane developed a milk chocolate drink (sold later to the Cadbury brothers).
- in 1615, French people discovered chocolate during Anne d’Autriche’s (daughter of Philippe III, King of Spain) weddingwith the French
King Louis XIII.