John Smith is the deuteragonist in Pocahontas and a supporting character in its sequel.
Visit Website BeforeRolfe began cultivating tobacco seeds grown in the West Indies; he probably obtained them from Trinidad or some other Caribbean location. When the new tobacco was sent to England, it proved immensely popular, helping to break the Spanish monopoly on tobacco and create a stable economy for Virginia.
Bythe colony was exporting 20, pounds of tobacco annually; that figure doubled the following year. Marriage to Pocahontas The Native Americans living in the region around Jamestown spoke the Algonquin language, and were organized into a network of different tribes led by Chief Powhatan.
The English settlers at Jamestown had known of Pocahontas sincewhen she was only around 10 years old. Captain John Smith later wrote that the young princess rescued him from death when Powhatan held him captive in December Inthe English captured Pocahontas and held her for ransom.
While in captivity, she studied English, converted to Christianity and was baptized with the name Rebecca. Rolfe obtained permission from Powhatan as well as the military governor of Virginia, Sir Thomas Dale, to marry Pocahontas.
Their marriage on April 5,would ensure a shaky peace between the English settlers and local Native Americans for the next eight years. The couple had one son, Thomas, born in The following year, the Virginia Company sponsored a trip for the family to England, where they were welcomed enthusiastically and had a formal audience with King James I.
She died in March in an inn in the town of Gravesend, and was buried there.
Young Thomas also took ill but later recovered. Rolfe would never see his son again; he sailed back to Virginia and later remarried Joan Peirce or Pearcethe daughter of one of the other colonists.
With the death of Powhatan inthe unstable peace between the English and Native Americans dissolved.
John Rolfe died that same year, although it is not known whether he was killed in the massacre or died under other circumstances.The coppie of the Gentle-mans letters to Sir Thomas Dale, that after married Powhatans daughter, containing the reasons moving him thereunto.
The John Rolfe Family YMCA provides health and wellness programs in the far west end, find activities for the whole family! The next day’s wedding re-enactment was to be held at the base of the original mud-walled chapel where Pocahontas wed John Rolfe on April 5, — years later to the date.
John Rolfe is best remembered for having introduced tobacco as a commercial crop to Virginia colonists.
The production of this valuable commodity shaped the future development of the colony and provided an economic incentive for further expansion and settlement of the New World.
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