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Sandwich

The classic slice of ham caught between two buttered toast, the theme of which has given rise to infinite variations, was born in England in 1762. John Montagu, fourth Earl of Sandwich, was so fond of cards that one day he did not leave the gaming table at mealtime. Seeing this, his cook improvised this little snack and made him carry it. John Montagu honored this innovation and was imitated. The "sandwich" saw its use spread very quickly in the British Isles, but it did not cross the Channel until the beginning of the 19th century.

First Lord of the Admiralty, John Montagu had greatly helped James Cook prepare for his exploratory voyages in the Pacific. The latter, by recognition, gave the name of Sandwich to a Polynesian archipelago, today the fiftieth state of the United States under the name of Hawaiian Islands. It was the natives of these Sandwich Islands who attacked Cook and his men. In the scuffle, Cook lost his life and, it is said, was the victim of a case of characterized anthropophagi, transformed into a sandwich, one might say, on February 14, 1779.

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