During the Age of Exploration (focusing on 17th century), England went and colonized the Americas, founding the original 13 colonies. They brought back many new wonders, namely, tobacco. I know that there has been a lot of usage of tobacco during the Age of Exploration, such as doctors prescribing tobacco for medicinal purposes, and people smoking it. Tobacco was widely used and was definitely a reason why the American colonies were successful. I'm curious as to how tobacco affected the colonizing nations economically.