Asked in Importing and Exporting
What did the colony of Virginia trade?
With the continent: Originally glass artifacts (of all things!), but after John Rolfe made himself rich exporting tobacco grown from European seed [Nicotiana tabacum]--post 1610--that quickly became the major export. After 1620, German craftsmen from Hamburg--skilled carpenters, makers of pitch and tar (necessary for wooden ships) and soap-makers, and Italian glassmakers (all deliberately recruited for their skills) added additional profitable exports.