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Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail 

The Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail commemorates the voyages of John Smith and his crew as they explored the Chesapeake Bay between 1607 and 1609. The trail was established in 2006 and became America’s first national water trail. Managed by the National Park Service, the trail traces Smith’s routes and the key rivers linked to them, helping visitors imagine the world he encountered more than four hundred years ago. To learn more about the trail visit www.smithtrail.net. Modern day explorers can visit the trail on land and water. The trail is a touchstone for the nation’s past, but also a means to experience the Chesapeake’s natural beauty and to learn from American Indians who continue to live in the region today. Begin your own adventure on the Chesapeake by visiting www.findyourchesapeake.com.

For more information on Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail and more  resources from the National Park Service check out www.nps.gov/teachers/index.htm.

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John Smith Explorer
  • Social Studies
  • Elementary (Grades 3-5)
Exploration and mapping activities that incorporate the three stories of the Captain John Smith Trail: the American Indians, John Smith and the...