Captain John Smith

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Captain John Smith’s 1612 map of Virginia is a remarkable record of the natural and cultural landscape of the Chesapeake region at the time of his explorations. The map illustrates the areas covered during his two famous voyages of discovery in the summer of 1608 and side trips he made in 1607 and 1609. The combined routes of Smith’s travels covering an estimated 3,000 miles, were designated in December 2006 as the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail.

Smith's map

Smith’s map, first published in England in 1612, was the primary map of the Chesapeake region used by colonists for nearly a century. Download a larger copy.

Although Smith’s map provides a wealth of information about the geography of the Chesapeake Bay and major tributaries and about the Native American inhabitants he encountered, it does not actually show the routes of his voyages. Fortunately he recorded his travels in detailed journals.

By using the dates and descriptions in the journals, historians have plotted the routes of Smith’s first voyage, second voyage, and other explorations on maps of the Chesapeake region.

Several of the maps include commentary based on Smith’s journals.

Learn More about Maps of John Smith’s Voyages

  • Download the official National Park Service map of the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail, which follows the routes of Smith’s voyages.
  • Click here to see the routes of Smith’s voyages with descriptions of points of interest along the way. Select the "Historical Map at the top when the page loads.
  • Follow the route and timeline of John Smith’s 1608 voyages on an animated map.
  • View interactive maps and descriptions for voyage 1 and voyage 2.

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