Near Williamsburg in James City County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Captain John Smith
He was an arrogant and boastful man, often tactless and sometimes brutal. Physically strong and worldly wise, he made an excellent settler. However, his personality, his obvious qualifications and his low social position infuriated many of the colony’s leaders and settlers. Despite this, he was named to the first Council in May, 1607. He learned the Indians’ language and became the colony’s principal Indian trader. During the summer of 1608 he led a 3,000 mile expedition in an open boat to explore and map Chesapeake Bay and its principal rivers. On September 10, 1608 the Council elected him Governor of Virginia for a one-year term. He was an able leader who understood both the Indians and the settlers’ needs and the colony prospered.
Captain Smith returned to England in October, 1609 following an accidental gunpowder burn and became Virginia’s most effective propagandist and historian.
The statue by William Couper was erected in 1909.
Erected by Colonial National Historical Park, National Park Service.
Location. 37° 12.498′ N, 76° 46.727′ W. Marker is near Williamsburg, Virginia, in James City County. Marker can be reached from Colonial Parkway, on the right when traveling west. Click for map. Marker is in the "Old Towne" section of the Historic Jamestown unit of Colonial National Historic Park. Marker is in this post office area: Williamsburg VA 23185, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A different marker also named Captain John Smith (here, next to this marker); Palisades (a few steps from this marker); Storehouse & First Well (within shouting distance of this The First General Assembly of Virginia (within shouting distance of this marker); Barracks (within shouting distance of this marker); Jamestown’s Churches (within shouting distance of this marker); The Tombstones (within shouting distance of this marker); The Tombs of James and Sarah Blair (within shouting distance of this marker). Click for a list of all markers in Williamsburg.
More about this marker. The upper left of the marker contains a portrait of Captain John Smith at age 37, done in 1616.
Also see . . .
1. Historic Jamestowne. Colonial National Historic Park from National Park Service website. (Submitted on September 11, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
2. Historic Jamestowne. Historic Jamestowne is the site of the first permanent English settlement in America. The site is jointly administered by APVA Preservation Virginia and the National Park Service. (Submitted on September 11, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
Categories. • Colonial Era • Notable Persons • Notable Places •
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