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This biography introduces young readers to the life of Englishman John Smith. Readers learn about Smith's childhood, education, and the many battles he fought as a soldier for France, Netherlands, and Austria. Smith's meeting with explorer Henry Hudson is introduced. The book also explains that Smith sailed to North America for King James I of England, trying to find a waterway connecting the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. Readers learn of Smith's bravery in the New World; his explorations of the Chesapeake Bay, the Potomac River, and the James River; and his claim that Pocahontas saved his life. Readers also discover that Smith saved Jamestown from failure. Smith's life after Jamestown is also discussed, as is his devotion to being a writer, a mapmaker, a trader, a leader, and an entrepreneur. The book explains that Smith is credited with mapping and naming New England. And, he is remembered as a writer, mapmaker, trader, and entrepreneur. Full-color photos, an index, a timeline, a map, discussion questions, bold glossary terms, and phonetics accompany easy-to-read text and allow readers to follow Smith's journeys.