Pasties are believed to have originated in the south of England near Cornwall in the 11th century. Tin miners carried Pasties into the mines in their shirts to be eaten as their main meal. It was a hearty sustaining warm meal. They ate the Pastie holding the thicker braided crust and threw the last bites to the sounds in the mines that were believed to be spirits. By feeding the spirits the miners saved themselves from Arsenic and Lead poisoning. Tin Miners brought their traditional meal to America when they migrated to work in the Copper Mines of Upper Michigan. You can find Pastie Shops wherever metal mining was a way of life around the globe.