John Smith

Explorer John Smith Full Name: John Smith
Nationality: English

Profession: Explorer
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.

Born: January 6, 1580
Star Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: , England

Died: June 21, 1631 (aged 51)

Historical Events in the Life of John Smith

  • 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

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