How did gambling appear and develop in the U.S.? – part 1

Despite the fact that the true home of gambling is considered England. The new inhabitants of the American continent, after the discovery of uncharted land, brought their culture. It is with gambling, which was an integral part of English society, begins the history of gambling in America. English colonial settlers, exploring new lands, formed the city of Jamestown, which historians consider them home. The new settlers turned gambling into a cult, which became a determining factor for the preferences of the young American nation.

At the beginning of its development, gambling remotely resembled their modern form. For a very long time, gambling was part of the various sacred rituals of the Indian tribes, then found a special popularity (around 1600) has found a race against the clock, when the audience bet on the winners. Around the same time as researchers have been able to establish, the first mention of lotteries appears.

It is hard to imagine, but the history of the gambling industry suddenly stopped for 200 years as a result of the ban, which we will talk about in the publication below.

Interestingly, as a result of the high popularity and prevalence of gambling, the gambling industry in North America, at that time, surpassed the gaming industry of its colonial neighbors, which brought it to the open continent.

The rivalry that emerged between the indigenous inhabitants of the mainland and visiting colonists was visible everywhere. This can be seen in the popular draughts, lacrosse, dice, etc. competitions. Cash sums of money, which were bets, more and more often reached significant sizes.

During the period of flourishing slavery, which is known to be ubiquitous in America at that time, there were often cases where rivals put not money or jewelry at stake, but their freedom and free labor. The people of that time in America preferred competition to military conflicts between different communities and estates.

In the seventeenth century, entertainment was not so much, so gambling became increasingly popular.

The history of horse racing, and with them and betting on horses, it is accepted to count down from 1610, when in Virginia brought the first seven thoroughbred racehorses.

Over the next hundred years, the settlers adapted to gambling not only for pleasure, but also for good. The gambling tax, which was introduced on time, helped city dwellers expand road infrastructure and promote education by building the universities of Harvard, Yale and Princeton.

Players at the U.S. casino. Gold fever.

At a time when the manufactory was thriving, the aristocrats in the workshops and workshops were extremely excited. It seemed to them that gambling could scare the working class away from their jobs, because everyone had the opportunity to earn by relying on their luck. Because of the heated environment around gambling, England, which at that time was the patroness of the New World, issued a law banning gambling in America. However, this first ban on gambling did not last long.

By 1850, American society became so closely associated with gambling, that many began to call them a new type of recreation (rest). Hard working weekdays and fatigue players quickly forgot during the game. In order to diversify the gambling industry, enterprising Americans offered players gambling cruises. Anyone could buy a steamer ticket and play their favorite games as they moved along the banks of the Mississippi. Gambling establishments aboard river vessels were in great demand.

River cruises were profitable for players, because they could hardly be caught off-guard by moralists on the ship, who did not leave attempts to clear the country of gambling.

The luxury and extravagance of the southern part of the country, achieved largely through gambling, irritated the puritan North.

The puritans, who arrived on the mainland, enlisted the support of England in the struggle to clear America of gambling and slavery.

U.S. President Andrew Jackson, who refused to cooperate with the puritans, saw nothing wrong in gambling. On the contrary, he believed that gambling helps workers quickly recover.

Constantly heated environment around gambling has reached a boiling point and a wave of uprisings swept through the country. In the northern United States, they were much larger than the uprisings in the southern part of the country. The uprising began in the city of Vicksburg and then spread throughout the United States.

At a time when the hunt for the players began, gamblers once again helped water transport. The Mississippi and Ohio rivers were overflowing with boats full of people running away.

Many fugitives unable to escape by boat were hiding in the holds of large merchant ships exporting cotton, tobacco and other goods. Historical sources unfortunately contain facts that speak of the tragic fate of the fugitives, time and again. When the captains discovered the “stowaway”, they were left on deserted islands or lowered down the board according to an old maritime tradition.