Voyage of Discovery on the Chesapeake

  • Also Known As: Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail

Follow in the Wake of Captain John Smith's Chesapeake Bay Journeys

Four hundred years ago Englishman John Smith and a small crew of adventurers set out in an open boat to explore the Chesapeake Bay. Between 1607 and 1609 Smith and his crew mapped nearly 3000 miles of the Bay and rivers and documented American Indian communities. Smith's map and journals are a remarkable record of the 17th-century Chesapeake. Come join the adventure on the Chesapeake Bay! - NPS



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Timeline

Y/M/D Description Place
1607/07/00 Captain John Smith explores Belle Island, calling it "Broad Rock" island. Belle Isle, Richmond
1607/11/00 John Smith explores the Chickahominy River in November and December 1607, and he observes Moysonec, "where a better seat'for a town cannot be desired". Fort James and Moysonec, Lanexa, VA
1608/06/02 Captain John Smith and fourteen colonists leave Jamestown to explore Chesapeake Bay Jamestown National Historic Site, Jamestown
1608/06/02 Captain John Smith and fourteen colonists leave Jamestown to explore Chesapeake Bay Chesapeake Bay, Virginia
1608/06/20 The Conoy people encounter Captain John Smith and a small exploratory party of Englishmen. Fort Hunt, Mt Vernon, VA
1608/06/25 Captain John Smith and his crew arrive at the Great Falls of the Potomac River, spend four weeks exploring the area and meeting various American Indian tribes Great Falls Park, Great Falls
1608/07/00 Captain John Smith visits Leesylvania State Park, Virginia

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