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King James I (1566-1625) was King of Scotland from 1567-1625 and King of England from 1603-1625. He was the first English monarch of the Scottish Stuart dynasty.

In 1604, King James published A Counterblaste to Tobacco, urging his subjects not to smoke the drug. Ironically, the American colonial settlement that bore King James's name (Jamestown, Virginia, founded in 1607) was only able to survive through large-scale cultivation of tobacco.

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