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Captain John Smith

Person  Male  Born 1580  Died 1631

Categories: Exploring, Race Issues

Countries: USA

Citizen and cordwainer (cobbler), first among the leaders of the settlement at Jamestown, Virginia from which began the overseas expansion of the English speaking peoples. Born Lancashire.

16 years before the Mayflower, Smith set sail from Blackwall to found the colony of Virginia in 1606. Following a period as the prisoner of the native Americans (famously "saved" from death by native American princess, Pocahontas) he became head of the settler's colony before returning to London in 1609-1. He was buried in St. Sepulchure's Holborn in 1631 where his gravestone can still be found.

Smith recognised that he needed to maintain peace with the Native Americans for his colony to survive.

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Captain John Smith

{On the front of the plinth:} Captain John Smith, citizen and cordwainer, 15...

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Virginia Settlers Memorial

This voyage took place 16 years before the Mayflower. The memorial has a his...

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