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a. Note:   John Rolfe b Heacham, Norfolk, England as the son of John Rolfe and Dorothea Mason, and was baptized on May 6, 1585. Rolfe was one of a number of businessmen who saw the opportunity to undercut Spanish imports by growing tobacco in England's new colony at Jamestown, in Va. Rolfe had somehow obtained seeds to take with him from a special popular strain then being grown in Trinidad and South America, even though Spain had declared a penalty of death to anyone selling such seeds to a non-Spaniard. He married first Sarah Hacker, who embarkt for Virginia but died in Bermuda with their child, Bermuda. After finally settling in Virgina in 1610, although his first wife and child had died, Rolfe began his long-delayed work with tobacco. The native tobacco from Virginia was not liked by the English settlers, nor did it appeal to the market in England. However, Rolfe wanted to introduce sweeter strains from Trinidad, using the hard-to-obtain Spanish seeds he brought with him. In 1611, Rolfe is credited with being the first to commercially cultivate Nicotiana tabacum tobacco plants in North America; export of this sweeter tobacco beginning in 1612 helped turn the Virginia Colony into a profitable venture. Rolfe named his Virginia-grown strain of the tobacco "Orinoco". When Rolfe married Pocahontas, Powhatan gave the newlyweds property that included a small 20' x 40' brick house just across the James River from Jamestown. Pocahontas and John Rolfe never lived on the land, which spanned thousands of acres to the River. In 1619, Rolfe married Jane Pierce. They had a daughter, Elizabeth, in 1620. Elizabeth died in 1635 at the age of 15. John Rolfe, who had been living in or near Bermuda Hundred, died suddenly in 1622, but it is unknown in what manner


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