John Smith

Test of a full-text bio. Soon after their arrival, John Smith accompanied Captain Christopher Newport and 22 other men on an exploratory trip up the river looking for a passage to the Pacific Ocean. They met and dined with native Powhatan Indians, and for the first time learned of the paramount chief, Wahunsonacock, who ruled over all of the Powhatans.

It would be several months before Smith would meet Chief Powhatan. When the first re-supply ship did not return to Jamestown in November, John Smith set out to trade with the Indians for food. This took Smith to many villages up and down the river, and he soon became quite knowledgeable about the Powhatan people. Smith’s frequent involvement with the Indians made him one of the colony’s most effective speakers of Algonquian, the language of the Powhatan Indians.