John Smith

Explorer John Smith

Profession: Explorer


Biography: 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
Birthplace: Lincolnshire, England, United Kingdom
Star Sign: Capricorn

Died: June 21, 1631 (aged 51)

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Historical Events

  • 1607-05-13 English colonists led by John Smith make a second landing 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

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 industries quickly grow rich." - America, Settlement

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