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Smith, John (Cpt. John Smith)

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Born: 1580 AD
Died: 1631 AD, at 51 years of age.

Nationality: English
Categories: Explorer

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1580 - He was baptized on January 6th in Willoughby, Lincolnshire, England. An English explorer and principal founder of the first permanent English settlement in North America at Jamestown, Virginia.

1604 - He was captured by the Turks but he managed to escaped to Russia and returned to England.

1606 - When a royal charter was granted to the Virginia Company of London, Smith and about 100 others set sail on December 20th.

1607 - On April 26th, the company arrived at Chesapeake Bay, and on May 14 it disembarked at what was to become Jamestown.

         - While exploring the Chickahominy River in December, he was ambushed by Indians of the Powhatan Confederacy and taken to their great chief, Wahunsonacock, who was known to the settlers as Powhatan.

1608 - Smith became president of the Jamestown colony on September 10th.

1609 - Smith was injured from a fire in his powder bag on September, he was forced to return to England.

1614 - Smith made contact with the Virginia Company of Plymouth and sailed to the area he named New England, carefully mapping the coast from Penobscot Bay to Cape Cod.

1617 - He made one final colonizing attempt, but his vessels were windbound for three months, and he never set sail.

1624-1625 - Smith wrote and talked about New England for the rest of his life, but he never saw North America again. His writings include "A Description of New England", "The generall Historie of Virginia", "New England", and the "Summer Isles"

1630 - Wrote "The True Travels, Adventures and Observations of Captaine John Smith in Europe" and "Asia, Africa and America".

1631 - He died on June in London.

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