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I suppose that depends on what worlds you are talking about, but if you are talking about the Americas as the new world, cow butter definitely existed before Christopher Columbus, although we don't have an exact date, since it is believed to have existed since animals were first domesticated. Butter could have developed separately in Europe and India, where there were large herds of cattle.

Let's remember that butter can be made from many animals' milk though, so even in the Americas, Buffalo butter and other butters were probably known. Depending on the butter you are talking about, there may be no real way to tell specifically who had it first, but if you are talking only cow butter, then the old world is the answer.

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Q: Did butter originate in the new or the old world?
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