John Smith - Research Article from Explorers and Discoverers

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Born January 1580,
Willoughby, Lincolnshire, England
Died June, 1631,
London, England

Even before he reached North America, John Smith had led a life full of adventure and danger. His legendary encounter with Pocahontas is just one of many exciting episodes found in several books he wrote about his own life. Smith’s accounts of his adventures have not always been believed since they are quite flattering to him. There is no proof, however, that his stories are untrue.

Early years as a soldier

Smith’s life as an explorer began early. He worked as a merchant’s apprentice until his father died in 1596. Striking out on his own at the age of 16, he left his home in the English county of Lincolnshire to become a soldier. He first joined the French, who were at war with Spain; later he fought with the Dutch, who were...

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