John Smith Explores the Chesapeake Historical

John Smith Explores the Chesapeake Historical (HM1TGV)

Location: Accokeek, MD 20607 Prince George's County
Country: United States of America

N 38° 41.712', W 77° 3.947'

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Captain John Smith National Historic Trail

—Piscataway National Park —

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 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.
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HM NumberHM1TGV
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Placed ByNational Park Service US Department of Interior
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Wednesday, August 3rd, 2016 at 9:02am PDT -07:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 320346 N 4284978
Decimal Degrees38.69520000, -77.06578333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 41.712', W 77° 3.947'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 41' 42.72" N, 77° 3' 56.82" W
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Area Code(s)301
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 3599 Bryan Point Rd, Accokeek MD 20607, US
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