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Captain John Smith

Was John Smith the leader of Jamestown?

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March 09, 2011 9:16AM

Yes, he was its third leader. When the first settlement was established in 1607, captain Christopher Newport may have intended to hang Smith for interference, but found that Smith was designated by the sealed charter as a head of the colony. Newport, Smith, and Edward Wingfield were among the leaders of the first group. He led the colony in 1608 but returned to England due to injury, missing the disastrous winter starvation of 1609-1610.