Archaeologists from the Smithsonian have unearthed evidence that indicates ancient natives in the area we know as Peru were popping corn for food and adornment more than six thousand years ago. In the sixteenth century, seafaring explorers from Europe brought poppable corn home from long voyages. Of course, it became a popular snack treat in the Old World right away.In the seventeenth century, Iroquois Indians in the Great Lakes area showed French explorers how to use a pottery vessel and hot sand to pop corn. Things sure have changed since then. The first machine devised to pop corn was debuted at the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago. That popcorn machine was invented by Charles Cretors, the founder of C. Cretors & Company. To this day, Cretors popcorn machines are among the finest in the world, and they're still made in the USA. In the early part of the seventeenth century, Iroquois Indians in the Great Lakes area showed French explorers how to use a pottery vessel and hot sand to pop corn. When wire basket over-the-fire poppers were introduced in the mid nineteenth century, popcorn really began to make its mark in the USA. By the time of the Civil War, nearly everyone in the country knew about popcorn.