John Smith

1580 - 1631

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John Smith (baptized 6 January 1580 – 21 June 1631) was an English soldier, explorer, colonial governor, Admiral of New England, and author. He played an important role in the establishment of the colony at Jamestown, Virginia, the first permanent English settlement in America, in the early 17th century. He was a leader of the Virginia Colony between September 1608 and August 1609, and he led an exploration along the rivers of Virginia and the Chesapeake Bay, during which he became the first English explorer to map the Chesapeake Bay area. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of John Smith has received more than 292,671 page views. His biography is available in 39 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 38 in 2019). John Smith is the 54th most popular explorer (down from 51st in 2019), the 461st most popular biography from United Kingdom (down from 396th in 2019) and the 8th most popular British Explorer.

John Smith is most famous for his exploration of the New World and his discovery of the Chesapeake Bay.

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Among explorers, John Smith ranks 54 out of 405Before him are Sven Hedin, Jean-François de Galaup, comte de Lapérouse, Adolf Erik Nordenskiöld, Diego de Almagro, William Adams, and Ernest Shackleton. After him are Hernando de Soto, William Baffin, Samuel de Champlain, Hanno the Navigator, Richard Francis Burton, and James Clark Ross.

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Among people born in 1580, John Smith ranks 3Before him are Willebrord Snellius and Jan Baptist van Helmont. After him are Köprülü Mehmed Pasha, Gabriel Bethlen, Charles I Gonzaga, Duke of Mantua, Ernst von Mansfeld, Josaphat Kuntsevych, Nicolas-Claude Fabri de Peiresc, Augusta of Denmark, António de Andrade, and Pierre Vernier. Among people deceased in 1631, John Smith ranks 3Before him are John Donne and Mumtaz Mahal. After him are Sophie of Mecklenburg-Güstrow, Constance of Austria, Willem Janszoon, Archduchess Maria Maddalena of Austria, Michael Maestlin, Charles II Gonzaga, Duke of Nevers, Federico Borromeo, Katō Yoshiaki, and Guillén de Castro y Bellvis.

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In United Kingdom

Among people born in United Kingdom, John Smith ranks 461 out of 6,924Before him are Edward the Confessor (1003), Donald Winnicott (1896), Thomas Bayes (1702), Mike Oldfield (1953), John le Carré (1931), and Graham Hill (1929). After him are Morrissey (1959), Donald Pleasence (1919), John Hicks (1904), Christian de Duve (1917), Sam Neill (1947), and William Ewart Gladstone (1809).

Among EXPLORERS In United Kingdom

Among explorers born in United Kingdom, John Smith ranks 8Before him are Francis Drake (1540), David Livingstone (1813), Henry Morton Stanley (1841), Robert Falcon Scott (1868), Henry Hudson (1570), and William Adams (1564). After him are William Baffin (1584), Richard Francis Burton (1821), James Clark Ross (1800), William Dampier (1651), John Davis (1550), and Thomas Cavendish (1560).