John Smith’s Chesapeake Voyages 1607-1609, the definitive book on the
Chesapeake Bay region at the time of Smith’s expeditions, is available from the
University of Virginia Press, starting May 2007. It is a joint project of the
NPS Chesapeake Bay Gateways Network, Virginia Department of Historic Resources,
Maryland Historical Trust, and UVA Press. Representing the highest level of
scholarship, this book is the basis for the statement of significance that led
to designation of the new Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic
Authors Helen Rountree, Wayne Clark, and Kent Mountford bring the most current
historical, scientific, archeological, and ecological knowledge to describe the
route of Smith’s expeditions, the 17th-century natural environment, and the
thriving native cultures he encountered. They also address the relevance of
Smith’s journeys for today’s readers by discussing changes in the Bay and
environs—some the result of natural shifts over four centuries; some the result
of increased human population.
The 368-page, illustrated, hardbound edition of John Smith’s Chesapeake Voyages
1607-1609 will retail at $29.95; discounts are available for bulk
orders and resale. To order, contact the University of Virginia Press toll free
at 800-831-3406 and reference ISBN 978-0-8139-2644-5.
Another new release for 2007:
Also available this spring: Chesapeake: Exploring the Water Trail of Captain John
Smith, a National Geographic book by John Page Williams. A veteran
naturalist with the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, Williams expertly guides his
readers along the route traveled by John Smith 400 years ago, weaving
information about the Chesapeake, then and now, and what threatens its future.
According to reviews: “For history buffs, conservationists, armchair travelers,
tourists planning a trip, and anyone who simply loves first-rate nature
photography, this beautiful book more than meets the high standard readers have
come to expect from National Geographic.”
Richly illustrated, the 192-page paperback retails for $12.95 and is now
available at major bookstore chains (ISBN 978-146200694). For information on
bulk purchases from National Geographic for resale or premiums, contact Bill
O’Donnell at 202-857-7337.