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The earliest known recipe for gumbo dates back to 1770. It was published in a French cookbook and was made with okra, which is native to Africa. The name gumbo comes from the Bantu word for okra, quingombo.
The first American recipe for gumbo was published in 1802 by Mary Randolf in her cookbook The Virginia Housewife. Her recipe included okra, tomatoes, and crab.
Gumbo became popular in Louisiana in the early 1800s. It was originally made with whatever meat was available, including squirrel, rabbit, and duck. Over time, sausage, ham, and seafood became common ingredients.
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