• Colonial National Historical Park

    Colonial

    National Historical Park Virginia

Artwork

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Sidney King painting depicting the harvesting of tobacco crops in 17th century Jamestown

In 1604, disgusted with his subject’s use of tobacco, King James wrote a scathing commentary entitled A Counterblast to Tobacco. He considered tobacco “hatefull to the nose, harmefull to the braine, dangerous to the lungs.” Yet this golden leaf became the cash crop saving Jamestown from oblivion.