History of Rummy
History of Rummy
Rummy as it is affectionately called has several possible sources according to card game experts who have written on the subject. There are two popular schools of thought that seem to carry the greatest validity. One idea as to its origin is it came to South America via Spain and then was brought across the boarder by people settling in the west. the other school of thought is it started in the USA and moved south and early on may even been a version of poker in New Orleans. The third but less recognized version of its history is it originated in the orient and then made its way to the rest of the world.
The reason for this is Mah Jong has been played in the orient for centuries and the melding in that tile game is similar to the way modern rummy is played. The connection from Spain has some other validity as there is a card game in the Mexico called Conquian that was brought there and has been played in Spain for centuries. Not all history of card games is as easily rooted out as poker from the city of New Orleans and moved up the Mississippi from that wonderful and historical city. The reason for the belief that the forerunner of the game came from Spain via Mexico is that the game of Conquian is played with many similarities to rummy as it is played today. It is the drawing, discarding and melding of suited sequences and like cards that makes the historians come up with this idea.
There is some thought that the game came to Spain via Romania or from Asia and the ships that ventured to Asia. Whatever its true birth place, the source is shrouded in the fog of a long forgotten time. The Spain, Mexico connection for how the game is played in North America has a great deal of creditability since the play is so similar to the Spanish game of Conquian. The history is interesting, but the enjoyment the game has brought and the money lost and won in its play make the game a standard card game in the hearts of gamers all over the world. The games that proceeded Rummy are what makes card game historians believe that the game came from some versions of card games that are from other countries and cultures.
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