When Columbus set out from Spain his objective was to get King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella into the black pepper business. He believed that the islands he landed on in the Caribbean were off the coast of China. When the natives showed Columbus chilies, he decided to call them peppers for two good reasons. First, when the chilies hit his tongue they felt like black pepper. More important, he was getting paid to find "peppers" and so he called this new food "peppers". This program looks at how the hot pepper was adapted into the African culture, where a new cuisine was born and subsequently transported back to the Americas.