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John Smith

a.k.a. Captain John Smith

Author Code: EJSX

Born: 1579 (?) - Willoughby, Lincolnshire, England

Died: 1631 - England

From the age of sixteen, Smith spent eight years as a soldier of fortune in Europe fighting in Hungary, Transylvania and the Netherlands. Returning to England in 1604, Smith became an investor in the Virginia Company and in 1606 sailed to Virginia together with 144 settlers. They reached Jamestown in May of 1607 and he was named a member of the governing council. During his exploration of the area, he was captured by the Indians. The chief, Powhatan, spared his life at the intervention of his daughter, Pocahontas. Although thought to be a legend, recent historical study has assumed that the affair probably took place. On his return to Jamestown, Smith was appointed Governor of Virginia and helped the colony through its first bitter winter. Injured by a gunpowder explosion, Smith returned to England in 1609. In 1612 he published A Map of Virginia and for the remainder of his life continued to promote the colonization of New England. Smith sailed in 1614 with the Plymouth Company for furs and fish and again in 1615 when he was captured first by pirates and subsequently by the French. During his imprisonment, he wrote A Description of New England (1616), which is the first known reference to that name for the area. His other works included Generall Historie of Virginia, New England, and the Summer Isles (1624) and True Travels (1630).

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