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Captain John Smith
(1580 - 1631)

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1580 Born in Willoughby, England (baptised 9 January)
1596 Father dies, Smith decides to "go to sea"; becomes a soldier, fighting for Dutch independence from Spain
1599 travels to France and Italy, touring the Mediterranean Sea on a merchant ship
1600 Joins Austrian forces to fight the Turks in the "Long War"
1602 Fighting in Transylvania, taken captive and sold for a slave
1603 Kills his master and escapes
1604 Returns to England
1606 Actively involved with plans to colonize Virginia for profit by the Virginia Company
1607 Arrives in Virginia (spends 4 months in captivity with the Algonquian Indians in December)
1608 Elected president of the local council; A True Relation of such occurrences and accidents of note as hath hapned in Virginia since the first planting of that Colony published
1609 Injured in a firearms accident, Smith returns to England
1612 A Map of Virginia published
1614 Travels to he Maine and Massachusetts Bay areas, which he names "New England"
1615 Failed attempt to settle at Capawuck
1616 A Description of New England published
1617 Another attempt to settle at Capawuck fails
1618 Applies to Francis Bacon as servant - is rejected
1619 Offers to lead the Pilgrims to Virginia - is rejected in this as well
1620 New Englandís Trials published (second edition in 1622)
1624 Writes Generall Historie of Virginia, New England and the Summer Isles
1626 An Accidence for all Young Seamen published
1630 Writes The True Travels, Adventures, and Observations of Captaine John Smith in Europe, Asia, Africa and America
1631 Advertisements for the Unexperienced Planters published; Smith dies 21 June
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