Full Name: John Smith
Why Famous: Considered to have played an important part in the establishment of the first permanent English settlement in North America, he was a leader of the Virginia Colony, and was the first English explorer to map the Chesapeake Bay area and New England.
- 1607-05-13 English colonists, led by John Smith, land near James River in Virginia
- 1608-08-13 John Smith's story of Jamestown's first days submitted for publication
- 1608-09-10 John Smith elected president of Jamestown colony council, Va