15 Popular Historical Myths Busted

15. Sir Walter Raleigh introduced potatoes and tobacco to England

Sir Walter Raleigh was a charming explorer, courtier, and privateer. Hmm… not exactly. He was no oil painting, but he did manage to tickle Queen Elizabeth I’s fancy, and he did have a reputation as a ladies’ man. Did he lay his cloak over a puddle of mud so that the queen could cross? No, that’s yet another myth, a story that never happened. Just as he never came back from the New World (America) with bags of potatoes and tobacco, the first England had ever seen. Legend has it he introduced potatoes and tobacco in 1586. But in 1585, potatoes were already being grown in Italy, and soon spread throughout Europe. Tobacco was introduced to France in 1560 by Jean Nicot, after whom nicotine was named.
15. Sir Walter Raleigh introduced potatoes and tobacco to England