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Zhukov’s Random Fact of the Day: General Lopez Antonia de Santa Anna introduced chewing gum to the United States.

Following his defeat eventual fall from grace, General Santa Anna, best known for his role in taking the Alamo, was forced into exile. Following time in places such as Cuba, Colombia and Jamaica, he eventually found himself, aged 74, in Staten Island. Having been in the habit of chewing ‘chicle’, a natural gum resin, Santa Anna imported some for his personal use. His secretary, Thomas Adams, also something of an inventor, saw it as a potential substitute for rubber. When their experiments failed to find it viable, and stuck with a large amount of the flavorless resin, Adams decided that to try adding a bit of sugar and selling it to chew on, as Santa Anna had originally bought it for. It was a great success, launching the first commercially available gum, what would soon come to be known as Chiclets.



Zhukov’s Random Fact of the Day: General Lopez Antonia de Santa Anna introduced chewing gum to the United States.

Following his defeat eventual fall from grace, General Santa Anna, best known for his role in taking the Alamo, was forced into exile. Following time in places such as Cuba, Colombia and Jamaica, he eventually found himself, aged 74, in Staten Island. Having been in the habit of chewing ‘chicle’, a natural gum resin, Santa Anna imported some for his personal use. His secretary, Thomas Adams, also something of an inventor, saw it as a potential substitute for rubber. When their experiments failed to find it viable, and stuck with a large amount of the flavorless resin, Adams decided that to try adding a bit of sugar and selling it to chew on, as Santa Anna had originally bought it for. It was a great success, launching the first commercially available gum, what would soon come to be known as Chiclets.


   
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