Petroglyph carvings in a boulder.
Indigenous History of the Chesapeake

The history of the Chesapeake Bay's Indigenous people's stretches back more than 15,000 years and continues today.

A European style sailing ship on a river.
Smith's Voyages

In the summer of 1608, Captain John Smith embarked on two exploratory voyages of the Chesapeake Bay, convening with tribes along the way.

Three contemporary American Indian dancers in regalia.
American Indian Tribes Today

It is a common misconception that American Indians no longer live in the Chesapeake Bay area. Tribal governments are still active today!

John Smith's 1612 Bay Map
Mapping the Bay

Mapping of the Chesapeake Bay stretches back more than 450 years. Who made these maps and why? Find out here.

Last updated: February 16, 2022

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