John Smith

Explorer

Birthday January 1, 1580

Birth Sign Capricorn

Birthplace Willoughby, England

DEATH DATE Jun 21, 1631 (51)

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About

English soldier, author, and explorer who was credited with the establishment of the first English settlement in North America.

Before Fame

He left home at age sixteen and became a sailor, and later served as a mercenary to Henry IV of France.

Trivia

He trained settlers to farm and survive in the very first English colony in North America: Jamestown.

Family Life

His father's death inspired him to leave home as a teenager to pursue a sailor's life.

Associated With

He was portrayed by Colin Farrell in the 2005 film The New World.