John Rolfe & Pocahontas
By: Alicia G.
John Rolfe was a farmer who decided to travel to the New World. He managed to get tobacco seeds, and plant them. He was successful and obtained wealth from the cash crop. Cash crops are a special crop that is sold only for profit, and not used for personal reasons. In 1613, Samuel Argall captured the daughter of the Chief of the Powatan Indians, Pocahontas, and held her for ransom. She eventually converted to Christianity and took the name of Rebecca. She was pregnant during her captivity, and it was said that the father was Sir Thomas Dale, but she was to wed John Rolfe. Chief Powatan gave his daughter, and her husband thousands of acres of land. Pocahontas was seen as royalty and was nicknamed Princess Pocahontas. Pocahontas and John Rolfe toured England for several months, and when they were on a ship back to Virginia, Pocahontas was very sick, and died March 21, 1617, at Gravesend, England. She is buried at St. George's Parish Church in Gravesend.
Together John Rolfe and Pocahontas helped form a stronger relationship between the natives, and settlers. John helped the colonists a lot by bringing the tobacco seeds to Jamestown, and because of that, it brought more settlers to Jamestown, and they were able to gain money. #colonialamerica #kettner #tech2