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Pipe Dreams
Photograph by Robert Clark, artifacts courtesy APVA Preservation Virginia

The English came to Virginia searching for a valuable export to give them an edge in the booming 17th-century economy. After trials and much error, they discovered their best bet was growing sweet-tasting tobacco, whose popularity is reflected in scores of locally made pipes unearthed at Jamestown. The Virginia Company failed, but the Jamestown colony ultimately succeeded—thanks to a crop near as precious as gold.

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