Meet the man who created his own myth and became a legend. John Smith was a soldier, explorer, colonial governor, and writer. His guidance greatly strengthened the floundering Jamestown settlement. He twice avoided execution and left Virginia after surviving a likely assassination attempt. Smith’s exploration (follow on two John Smith Trails) and keen understanding of Powhatan and his paramount chiefdom still impress historians. But Pocahontas saving him? Likely didn’t happen. Most of his other written observations are true, but take them with a grain of salt. His old rivals certainly did.
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