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The History of Solitaire
The history of a group of card games known as Solitaire dates back to the mid-18th century. Internationally, the game of solitaire has many names. It is often called “Patience,” especially in Britain. In France, the game is sometimes called “Success” (reussite). Other languages, such as Danish, Norwegian and Polish often use the word “Kabal” or “Kabala” (secret knowledge) to describe these games. This goes back to the early origins of solitaire where the outcome of a game may have been though to be a type of fortune telling.
Solitaire first appeared in writing about 1783 when it was described in a German playbook. It is defined as a competitive card game in which players will exchange or play different cards. The idea of playing solitaire completely by himself came from people who enjoyed exercising competitive sports.
It is widely believed, but not true, that Napoleon played solitaire during his exile. Many solitaires play featured his name or the name of the island from which he was exiled. However, Napoleon enjoyed the popular games of the day such as Whist. By the middle of the 19th century, however, solitaire was gaining popularity in French society.
It was also at that time that solitaire took hold in English society. Prince Albert was known for his playfulness, and law books began to appear in English in the late 19th century.
It was not until the second half of the 20th century that a series of endurance games began to take shape. Hundreds of books describe hundreds of different solitaire games published.
In the 1980s, human computers made solitaire more popular than ever. With players no longer having to push and deal with cards in each hand, the game has become very popular. In addition, the ability to start a new game with the click of a mouse has brought the addictive quality of these games.
There are more than 100 different solitaire games, where that number reaches over 1,000 if you look at the slightest variation.