Captain John Smith (1580-1631)was an explorer, soldier and author of the mid coast areas of the Americas from Virginia to New England. . He was a leader of the Virginia Colony (based at Jamestown) between September 1608 and August 1609, and led an exploration along the rivers of Virginia and the Chesapeake Bay. He was the first English explorer to map the Chesapeake Bay area and New England. Illustration is from an 1860 issue of Harper's New Monthly Magazine.