Saturday, April 6, 2013

A 399th Anniversary

April 5th marked the 399th anniversary of the wedding of Pocahontas to John Rolfe; an important date for the couple who would become the parents of the American tobacco industry and economic saviors of Jamestown.

They were married at the settlement's church built in 1608, evidence of which was found by Jamestown Rediscovery in 2010, and named among that year's top ten discoveries by the Archaeological Institute of America.

The Rolfes were likely able to have engaged her fellow tribes- members to teach the settlers the practice of cultivation and harvesting of the tobacco plants, using the hybrid from his purloined sweet Caribbean variety and the strong local leaf. Two years later, they would sail for London to demonstrate the first batch of their new product that would go on to sweep England, and generate the revenues that would sustain the colony to prove its mettle as the harbinger of Plymouth and the British Empire.

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