One way of spreading the habit of smoking was made by the generals under the big European wars. They found out that a soldier who smoked could walk a little further and he would need less food, so giving the soldiers tobacco became part of the ration, and smoking became normal among soldiers.
Back in Virginia it was the start of prospering times. More, many more settlers came to Virginia and they needed more land for growing tobacco. The land slowly spread north, south and west until coming into what is called Kentucky today. The soil was different from Virginia and the tobacco leaves grew thicker and bigger than the Virginia tobacco. Later on the Kentucky farmers started to smoke the leaves and Dark Fired Kentucky tobacco was born.
A farmer from Ohio took some seeds from Kentucky and brought them back to Ohio. Again the soil and weather was different, so the new plants developed thinner leaves than the Kentucky tobacco, but thicker leaves than the Virginia tobacco. In the year 1864 this farmer cultivated a new tobacco variation, the White Burley (the Burley we use today) tobacco was born.