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.
- 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, Virginia
- "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