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Accokeek in Prince George's County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

John Smith Explores the Chesapeake

Captain John Smith National Historic Trail

 

— National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior —

 
John Smith Explores the Chesapeake Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, July 30, 2016
1. John Smith Explores the Chesapeake Marker
Inscription.  
Captain John Smith explored the Chesapeake Bay in the early 1600s seeking precious metals and a passage to Asia. He traveled the James, Chickahominy, and York rivers in 1607, and led two major expeditions from Jamestown in 1608. Smith and his crew sailed and rowed a primitive 30 foot boat nearly 3,000 miles, reaching as far north as the Susquehanna River.

Although Smith did not discover gold, or a river passage to the Pacific, his precise map and detailed observations of American Indians societies and the abundant natural resources guided future explorers and settlers.

An Abundance of Life
Smith discovered a treasure trove of natural wonders in the Chesapeake region, thick forests of giant pines, oaks, and hickories, vast marshlands, huge turtles, 800-pound sturgeon, and great schools of shad and striped bass. Massive flocks of duck, geese, and swans darkened the sky, and enormous oyster reefs rose above the water’s surface.

Native Inhabitants
At the time of Smith’s explorations, and estimated 50,000 American Indians dwelled in the Chesapeake region-as their ancestors had for thousands of years, Their

Piscataway National Park Visitor Center in the backgroung image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, July 30, 2016
2. Piscataway National Park Visitor Center in the backgroung
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sophisticated societies included arts and architecture, systems of government, extensive trade and communication networks, and shared spiritual beliefs. The native peoples hunted, fished, grew crops, and gathered food and raw materials from the land and waterways.

To learn more about the trail, visit www.smithtrail, net.
 
Erected by National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Colonial EraExplorationNative Americans. A significant historical year for this entry is 1607.
 
Location. 38° 41.712′ N, 77° 3.947′ W. Marker is in Accokeek, Maryland, in Prince George's County. Marker is on Bryan Point Road. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Accokeek MD 20607, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Cherished Homeland (here, next to this marker); Join the Adventure (here, next to this marker); People Shaping the Land (within shouting distance of this marker); Welcome to the Visitor Center (within shouting distance of this marker); The Hon. Frances Payne Bolton (within shouting distance of this marker); Land Shaping People (within shouting distance of this marker); Ecosystem Farm (within shouting distance of this marker); Pumpkin Ash Trail (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Accokeek.

 
Sign at the entrance to Piscataway Park Accokeek Creek image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, July 30, 2016
3. Sign at the entrance to Piscataway Park Accokeek Creek
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 12, 2020. It was originally submitted on August 2, 2016, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 212 times since then and 9 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on August 2, 2016, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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