In the early 1500s, the Spanish set foot in Mexico and saw the Aztecs and cocoa for the first time. Cocoa was so valuable to the Aztecs that it was even used as a currency. The cocoa from the province of Chiapas was the first cocoa that the Spaniards brought to Europe. Today, most cocoa in Mexico is still grown in the province of Chiapas and Tabasco. Chiapas and Tabasco account for 99% of Mexico’s total cocoa production. Of the total production, 18,000 tons from Tabasco, and 4,500 tons from Chiapas, only 100 tons are exported every year.