Cocoa beans were used by pre-Columbian civilizations as money. According to the Spanish chronicler Gonzalo Fernandez de Oviedo, " a visit to a prostitute cost between eight and ten beans".
Laura, Happy New Year to you. First, I would like to say thank you for all of your help over the past 16 months for this trip. The entire Fodor family had a great time. I would highly recommend Latin Discover. Kat