John Smith's Virginia Colony

This is a page from an account by John Smith who was something of a hero to the early colonists. His iron rule and ruthlessness kept the Viriginia Company going in a hostile land where natives and nature alike appeared to conspire against the settlers. It was the discovery of the tobacco plant that saved the colony in commercial terms and allowed it to eventually prosper and suck in new colonists and planters.

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by Stephen Luscombe