English colonist who discovered a method for curing tobacco, and was the first known settler in the New World to cultivate the crop. Rolfe arrived in Jamestown, Virginia, in 1610,...
March 22, 1622
Virginia colonist, tobacco planter
Portrait: John Rolfe. Reproduced by permission of The Granger Collection Ltd.
John Rolfe (1585-1622) was an English colonist who settled in Jamestown, Va., and pioneered in the cultivation of tobacco.John Rolfe was born in the spring of 1585, the descendant of an old Norfolk fa...