John Smith

Explorer John Smith Full Name: John Smith
Nationality: English

Profession: Explorer
Why Famous: Played an important part in the establishment of the first permanent English settlement in North America as a leader of the Virginia Colony.

Smith was also the first English explorer to map the Chesapeake Bay area and New England.

Born: January 6, 1580
Star Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Lincolnshire, England, United Kingdom

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

Quotes by John Smith

  • "Here every man may be master and owner of his owne labour and land... If he have nothing but his hands, he may...by industries quickly grow rich." - America, Settlement


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