John Smith Explores the Chesapeake
Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historical Trail
Although Smith did not discover gold, or a river passage to the Pacific, his precise map and detailed observation 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 ducks, geese, and swans darkened the sky; and enormous oyster reefs rose above the water’s surface.
At the time of Smith’s explorations, an estimated 50,000 American Indians dwelled in the Chesapeake region-as their ancestors had for thousands of years. Their 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,
Erected by National Park Service US Department of Interior.
Location. 39° 12.468′ N, 76° 25.433′ W. Marker is in Sparrows Point, Maryland, in Baltimore County. Marker is on Old Bay Shore Road. Touch for map. The marker is in North Point State Park. Marker is in this post office area: Sparrows Point MD 21219, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Hard Travel (here, next to this marker); The Trolley Station at Bayshore Park (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Dreaded Alarm (about 700 feet away); About This Fountain... (about 700 feet away); The Rebirth of a Maryland Historical Treasure (about 700 feet away); Wetlands (approx. 0.4 miles away); The Presbytery of Baltimore (approx. 0.8 miles away); Todd’s Inheritance (approx. 0.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Sparrows Point.
Categories. • Exploration • Settlements & Settlers • Waterways & Vessels •
Credits. This page was last revised on July 21, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 19, 2016, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 139 times since then and 12 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on July 19, 2016, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.