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John Smith had many characteristics that helped to make him an important person in the beginning settlement of the New World He was a brave and strong person who seemed to have little fear He ran away from home when he was young and became a soldier in Europe and the Near East Barbour He thrived for excitement and adventure During the settlement of Jamestown he took on the responsibility of leadership by saving the colony from starvation Microsoft He made the men plant crops and build houses while he was trading with the Indians for food Microsoft The colony chose him President of the Jamestown settlement The settlers believed and trusted him because he had saved them John Smith was a very smart man and he wrote many accounts about the happenings in Jamestown He also published an article about his voyage of 1614 His longest and best-known work was entitled The General History of Virginia Gwinn Without these accounts we would know very little about the colony in the New World Not only was he a writer but he could also draw He drew many maps showing his expeditions and adventures Many of these maps were used by other groups of settlers who came to the New World John Smith was brave strong smart and a good leader His name is probably best remembered as the man who was to be beheaded by Indians when the chiefs daughter rushed to his side and saved his life Many historians doubt this incident and said that Smith was just bragging and was a teller of tales McMichael He had so many different adventures and he sometimes stretched the truth Even if John Smith did exaggerate at times he was still an interesting and important character in American History Critique I dont remember learning too much on John Smith
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