Capt. John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail
Englishman John Smith began exploring the Chesapeake Bay and the rivers that fed into it in 1607, mapping nearly 3,000 miles of shoreline, estuaries, and American Indian communities in the course of two years. He established working relationships with the Indians who helped him extend his maps into regions that he had not yet explored. The Susquehannocks were an integral part of the project, helping Smith to envision the waterways to the north.