History of Corn

Corn is a human invention, meaning that it does not exist naturally in the wild. Many scientists believe that corn was developed by people living in central Mexico about 7000 years ago. They started it from a wild grass known as teosinte. This grass was very different in appearance from the corn that we have today. The kernels were much smaller and spread apart, rather than being compact and close together.

Corn spread from Mexico to the Southwestern United States. As Native Americans migrated north in present day North America about 1000 years ago, they brought corn with them. At this time, people in Europe did not know about corn. When Columbus came to America, he was introduced to corn. When he returned to Europe, he took some corn with him and it began to spread around Europe.

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