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 Post subject: U. S. tobacco history
PostPosted: Wed Jul 27, 2011 7:08 am 
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One of my favorite subjects history. I call this U. S. tobacco history because it started here even before we were here. goes away but always comes back. First known tobacco was given to Cris. Columbus, in 1492 and he threw it away. But he was given some more in 1493. Cortez finds it in 1519 in mexico. Sir Francis drake introduces it to England in 1573. Altho France had it in 1560 and a german Dr. writes about it in 1571.

But it is in 1604 that it really takes off. King James I hates it and he sees that it brings in lots of taxes. there are over 7,000 stores outlets for selling tobacco in England . He raises taxes by 4,000% trying to stop sales. Sound like us U. S. well it worked . sales stopped . so did taxe revenue. so he made it a monopoly and charged a yearly fee to sell of 14000. but it is back on market and bringing in the cash.

In 1612 a Virginian named John Rolfe raises the first comercial crop in Virginia. 2 years later it is sold in England. and tobaco becomes the new money of the U. S. John Rolfe's wife becomes more welknow than John or his being first to raise large crop of tobacco.
John married a Indian princess named Pocahontas. Pocahontas was born about 1595 and was later know for saving John Smith. Most think this is because she was crazy about him,in reality it was part of the indian custum of showing peace, and welcomeing strangers into their tribe. She was around 10 at the time she saved Smith.
Pocahontis married Rolfe in april 1614,she was 19. He had just rasied his first tobacco and they left for England in 1616. While she was there she re met with John Smith ,who she had been told had died . she was surprised and talked with him a lot. Rolfe decided to go back to America and just as they were leaving Pocahonta got sick and died of Lung problems. She was 22. She did a lot for the peace between indians and settlers. Rolfe did a lot for the growth of tobacco.


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Pretty interesting stuff.


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1619 A boat load of women comes to Jamestown destined to be wives . A future husband must pay for her passage with 120 pounds of tobacco. ( as always devorice is a lot more costly) Price regulation is set on tobacco Min. 3 shillings per pound. Royal Crown of England bans growing tobacco in England , in return for a one shilling per pound duty on Virginia grown tobacco.

1748 The Virginia House of Burgesses set a wage of 16,000 pounds of tobacco as wages for the parson . To be paid by the towns vestry usally large plantation owners. This ruling wa s ratified by the King so only he could change the law.That made parsons servents of the state. but they had other income usally as teachers . One Pastor Maury had a student named Tom Jefferson. He had another perspective student Named Patrick Henry. but he turned down the teaching of Henry. Said he didn't have the time .

In 1755 and 1758 farmers had bad crops so they came up with a two pence rule that let them pay 2 pence for /instead of pounds of tobacco. cut the parson wages down to about a thrid of the tobacco costs.

By 1759 Tobacco has really become the money crop. notes simular to a dollar bill are backed by tobacco instead of gold . George washington plants tobacco. His crop was not good and 2 years later he owes a lot .

1763 Parson Maury sue for the lost wages. The parson hires the best lawyers around .If he wins the local sherrif must pay him. the local sherrif is not wealthy and finnally hires a new lawyer untried, who had failed in everything he has tried. It is Patrick Henry, Maurys turned down student. ( it is also the judges son) Patrick takes the case but he has a big problem if he wins the Parson is agianst him and the King is against him. But he needs to win to make a name for himself. He runs down all the things that prson did and didn't do. finnaly made all the rest of the parson so made they left. In final arguments he tells the jury they should find for the Parson but should award him only a couple shillings what he is worth not what the law said. Jury finds for the Parson and gave him one penny.
This is the beginning of frendship with Henry and Jefferson. It is a short friendship. They never saw eye to eye on anything except the right for freedom.

1776 the Revalutionary War is funded by tobacco backed loans from france over 5 million pounds of tobacco. Washington needs money for war and asks if can't send money send tobacco. Virginia refers to the war as the Tobacco war. When the war finnally comes to end Ben Franklin negociates the peace settlement backed by Tobacco


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more on john rolfe and his maraige.
http://www.huliq.com/12291/pocahantas-w ... church-usa


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PostPosted: Mon Nov 28, 2011 8:56 am 
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In addition, John Rolfe planted ( for his first tobacco crop) the Spanish tobacco (probably Orinoco) which was different than what the locals at the time were growing (Rustica). This was a feat in itself because the Spanish Government dictated the death penalty for anyone caught selling "their" seed.


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