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Home > About the Chesapeake > Exploring the Bay > Captain John Smith's Chesapeake Voyages > Captain John Smith's Chesapeake Voyages: Two Important Books
Captain John Smith's Chesapeake Voyages: Two Important Books

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 Trail.

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.


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