A brief history of card games

A brief history of card games

The origin of card games has been found to be China. It has been discovered that the earliest of the card games were played during the ninth century in the rule of the Chinese dynasty of Tang. The practice of card games continued in China explicitly. However, the formats and nature of the games varied and evolved with time. The most recent form of card games that was introduced in china during the late 19th century was the Mahjong tiles.
The practice of playing cards then travelled to Persia. However, the history behind it is unknown. There are two notions pertaining to this fact: the game travelled through the traders and explorers via the silk route or the Mongol conquerors had carried them in 13th century. Again, the game was brought back to India by the Mughal rulers from Persia. The fame of card games spread all over the Asian countries including Egypt. During the travel, these cards and games have evolved greatly as per the geography and the whim of the authorized players.
The modern form of cards consisting of 52 individual cards in a deck travelled to Europe from Mamluk, Egypt. The game entered the continent from the Southern part during 14th century. The early forms of card games that have been recorded are found in the areas of Catalonia, Florence, Paris and some parts of Switzerland as well. The oldest cards that have been used in playing were quite extravagant and customized for Charles VI. These games of cards have been enticing the masses since then.


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