John Rolfe Timeline

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  • 1585 - 1622
    Life of merchant, colonist, and tobacco farmer John Rolfe.
  • 1609
    John Rolfe is shipwrecked on Bermuda en route to Jamestown.
  • c. 1609
    John Rolfe married to Sarah Hacker who dies in Bermuda.
  • 1610 - 1612
    John Rolfe experiments with, plants, and harvests a successful tobacco crop at Jamestown.
  • 1611 - 1619
    John Rolfe's tobacco blend becomes lucrative cash crop; Jamestown investors become rich.
  • 1614
    John Rolfe marries Pocahontas; union ends the First Powhatan War.
  • 1614 - 1622
    Peace of Pocahontas between English colonists and Powhatans; established by the marriage of Pocahontas and John Rolfe.
  • 1616
    John Rolfe and family travel to England on promotional tour for Jamestown.
  • 1617
    Death of Pocahontas in England; John Rolfe returns to Jamestown.
  • 1619
    John Rolfe marries his third wife, Jane Pierce.
  • 1622
    Death of John Rolfe, most likely in Indian Massacre of 1622.