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John Smith Became a Leader of Jamestown
September 10, 1608

Did the Indian princess Pocahontas really save his life? Was he really captured and sold into slavery in Turkey, escaping with the love of a Turkish woman? John Smith may have been the first romantic of America; he certainly became an appreciated leader. Explorer, adventurer, writer, and cartographer, Smith assumed a leadership role at the Jamestown settlement on September 10, 1608. On the Atlantic coast of present-day Virginia, Jamestown was the first British settlement in North America, founded in 1607. At first, Smith wasn't even considered for the government.
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