The Jamestown colony tobacco was used as a major part of the new worlds economy. It proved to be a wonderful form of currency and stayed in constant high demand for the many generations to come. With tobacco being such an additive substance, the more people started to smoke it, the more they wanted it. Smoking then became an acceptable social pass time which only created a bigger want for the plant to be grown across the nation.
Although the Natives had been growing tobacco as a small part of their crops, the English colonists one upped them by making tobacco their largest profiting crop and had plantation after plantation dedicated only to growth of the plant. The only downfall of this mass production was the side effects it took on the land. When the tobacco was being grown, it would strip the soil of the nutrience needed to grow other crops making the land useless for crop farmers.
Once that the farmers began to realize that the soil was not as rich as it once was, they started to look for new plots of land to grow the tobacco crops on. This then lead for the colonists to revoke even more land away from the Natives, making them relocate further west. And with their land now in the control by the European settlers, more and more crops were started. No one was able to comprehend how the growth of tobacco was seriously taking a toll on the ecosystem. Naturally there is already an average amount of nitrogen in the soil due to plant and animal waste, bacteria and even human waste. By having ampule amounts of nitrogen, the atmospheres source of nitrogen sky rocked.