• A kayaker paddles on the Patuxent River at the Jug Bay Natural Area. Photo by Middleton Evans.

    Captain John Smith Chesapeake

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  • Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail

    Historic Jamestown Educational Resources

    Historic Jamestown Educational Resources

    Historic Jamestown is a partnership between Preservation Virginia and the National Park Service. In preparation for the 400th Anniversary of the voyages of Captain John Smith new interactive materials were created for use in the classroom or at home.

  • Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail

    The Chesapeake Bay in John Smith's Time

    The Chesapeake Bay in John Smith's Time

    Students will examine resources that describe the animals and plants that John Smith and his crew encountered on the Chesapeake Bay in 1608. They also will read reports about the habitats that Smith described during his travels. Students will issue a “report card” on the Bay’s health in 1608, using evidence from primary sources to support their assessment. Students will compare the health of the Bay’s fisheries and habitats in the 17th century with the Bay’s health today.

  • Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail

    John Smith's Masterpiece and Copyright Nightmare

    John Smith's Masterpiece and Copyright Nightmare

    From the Library of Virginia: Virginia Memory The Age of Exploration ushered in the age of maps. Some maps became so important to travelers that many copies were made of them. These map copies were especially useful to the explorers and settlers of the New World. One such map was Captain John Smith's map of Virginia. Its importance and accuracy (for that time period) also made it one of the most copied maps.

  • Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail

    We Have a Story to Tell: Native Peoples of the Chesapeake Region

    We Have a Story to Tell:  Native Peoples of the Chesapeake Region

    The Native peoples of the Chesapeake Bay region were among the first in the Western Hemisphere to encounter European explorers and colonists. Their stories, however, have usually been told by others. Their perspectives have been overlooked and ignored in exhibitions, the media, educational materials, and most histories of the region. This guide offers contemporary Native perspectives about the historical experiences of the Native Americans of the Chesapeake.

  • Chesapeake Bay

    Oystering on the Chesapeake

    Oystering on the Chesapeake

    The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum developed a set of ten Explorations designed to introduce students to different topics related to oystering.

  • Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail

    Captain John Smith 400 Project

    Created as part of the 400th anniversary of the voyages of Captain John Smith the John Smith 400 Project will enable students to learn about the history of the Bay and of Smith's expedition though a comprehensive, curriculum. This was developed by Sultana Projects in conjunction with the Maryland State Department of Education and the Friends of the John Smith Chesapeake National Water Trail.

  • Natchez Trace Parkway

    Trails Across America (secondary 8th-12th)

    Trails Across America (secondary 8th-12th)

    Students will work in pairs to research National Historic and Scenic Trails and develop a compare and contrast report of two trails. Students will work in pairs to research and compare two scenic trails or two historic trails (see list). They will present their reports orally to the rest of the class. Visual aids are to be encouraged. If display boards are used as part of the assignment, the teacher should obtain permission to display them in the school or at a public library.

  • Natchez Trace Parkway

    Trails Across America (5th-7th)

    Trails Across America (5th-7th)

    Students will research National Historic and Scenic Trails, answer questions about the trail, generate a map showing the locations of the trails, and report orally. The students may work alone or in pairs. They will research an assigned trail (see list) on the internet www.nps.gov/nts or through maps pre-ordered or downloaded by the teacher. They will answer the questions on the worksheet. They will map their trail on a blank US map. When the students are finished, they will share what they have

  • Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail

    The Biggest and Best Flag that Ever Flew

    The Biggest and Best Flag that Ever Flew

    While reading the story of Mary Pickersgill and the sewing of the Star-Spangled Banner flag students will gain insight into 19th century Baltimore. Using primary source material they will explore what other jobs people did and how they depended on each other.

Did You Know?

A portion of the map drawn during Smith's voyages.

The American Indian people of the Chesapeake region often relied on translators to work with the many languages and dialects that people spoke. Such translators were often instrumental in helping the Smith party communicate with people they met along their journeys.