How they tried to poison George Washington

At the end of the 15th century, the first Europeans landed on the continent they discovered, later called America. The locals showed them small bushes with bright red fruits. The Indians called them "tomatl". It is from here that the word "tomato" familiar to us came from.

However, in Europe, these outlandish fruits received another name - "tomato", which in French means "love apple". It is interesting that the Indians themselves did not eat tomatoes, moreover, they considered them very poisonous. And in Europe, they did not immediately hit the table. Back in the 19th century in Germany, tomatoes were grown in pots at home as a houseplant. In many countries, including Russia, they could be seen in greenhouses as ornamental plants. The legend about the toxicity of these exotic fruits has proved to be tenacious.

The Portuguese were the first to overcome the fear of tomatoes, then the Italians. Time passed and they became quite common food all over the world. Now it is already difficult to believe that ordinary tomatoes were tried to be used as a terrible poison, it was with their help that the conspirators wanted to deal with George Washington.

In the 70s of the 18th century, during the American Revolutionary War, Washington commanded a rebel army. His personal chef was a certain J. Bailey, as it turned out later, an agent of the English king. It was he who served a huge juicy tomato on the Washington table, hoping that the commander-in-chief had no chance of surviving after such a "terrible" dinner.

George Washington happily ate the tomato, not even suspecting that this juicy and tasty fruit was supposed to be the cause of his death. But the insidious cook at this time was already scribbling a denunciation to his chef, General W. Howe, commander of the British royal troops.

In his message, Bailey assured the general that by the time he read this letter, George Washington would no longer be alive. The cook wrote that he had fulfilled his duty to the king and performed an act of justice.

After dinner, Washington was pleased and showed no signs of discomfort. He lived for another 20 years, having become the first president of the United States of America, having held this post for eight whole years. But the fate of the cook Bailey was not so enviable: he committed suicide immediately after he sent the letter. Probably repenting of what he had done. After all, he never found out that George Washington remained alive and well after the fatal dinner.