23 Facts About John Smith

1. John Smith was honored on two of the three stamps of the Jamestown Exposition Issue held 26 April—1 December 1907 at Norfolk, Virginia to commemorate the founding of the Jamestown settlement.

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2. John Smith focuses heavily on Native Americans in all of his works concerning the New World.

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3. John Smith is known to have violated this regulation by first publishing A True Relation as an unknown author.

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4. John Smith earned his status as an American hero through his strong work ethic and compromise with the Native Americans, themes that reappear in his writings such as The Generall Historie of Virginia and The True Travels.

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5. John Smith escaped after weeks of captivity and made his way back to England, where he published an account of his two voyages as A Description of New England.

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6. John Smith made two attempts in 1614 and 1615 to return to the same coast.

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7. John Smith was convinced that Hunt's actions were directed at him; by inflaming the local population, Smith said, he could "prevent that intent I had to make a plantation there" keeping the country in "obscuritie" so that Hunt and a few merchants could monopolize it.

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8. John Smith wrote that two Poles rescued him when he was attacked by a Native American.

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9. John Smith found that there were those among both the settlers and Native Americans who were planning to take his life, and it is written that he was warned about the plan by Pocahontas.

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10. John Smith was promoted to a cavalry captain while fighting for the Austrian Habsburgs in Hungary in the campaign of Michael the Brave in 1600 and 1601.

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11. John Smith decided to go to the sea when he was 16 years old.

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12. John Smith created map of New England and Chesapeake Bay area.

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13. John Smith gave training for the people who lived in the settlement.

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14. John Smith was a famous English soldier, author and explorer.

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15. John Smith had fought as a mercenary in many European armies before he signed on to the Virginia Company's project at Jamestown which became the first permanent English settlement in America.

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16. John Smith reunited with Pocahontas in England, when she traveled there with John Rolfe and their son.

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17. John Smith embarked on two lengthy voyages, investigating 2,500 miles of territory.

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18. John Smith was born in 1580 to a farming family in Lincolnshire.

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19. John Smith was an English explorer, soldier and writer best known for his role in establishing the first permanent English colony in the New World at Jamestown, Virginia.

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20. John Smith met Pochantas again after she traveled to England in 1616 with husband John Rolfe and son Thomas.

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21. John Smith is believed to have been born in 1579 or 1580 in Lincolnshire, England.

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22. Houston Rockets have expressed interest in John Smith dating back to the summer, per The Athletic's Shams Charania.

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23. John Smith has value, even if it's more for his contract than his play.

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