Captain John Smith's journals offer a compelling eyewitness view of the Chesapeake Bay in 1608. They describe his adventures in vivid detail, recounting where he went, what he saw and the people he met. There are successes and conflicts, wonder and worry, smooth sailing and storms, hospitality and hostility, and near starvation. His journals, published as a book in 1612, introduced this part of the world to the English for the first time and triggered a wave of colonization. The journals let people today see the Chesapeake as it was four centuries ago.
Captain John Smith's Letter (1608)
John Smith's first writings about Jamestown were sent to England on a supply ship, along with an early map, even before his landmark voyages. This account was published as A True Relation of Such Occurrences and Accidents of Noate As Hath Happened in Virginia.
Journals of Smith's Voyages
Captain Smith and several of the gentlemen on his crew kept notes on nature, geography, people, and events during their voyages. These Formed the basis of his future books about the Chesapeake. Read the journals.