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John Smith
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John Smith,
The Generall Historie of Virginia, New-England, and the Summer Isles...

I.D. and I.H. for Edward Blackmore, 1632.

John Smith, the de facto leader of the first English colony to survive in Virginia, was a tireless promoter of English settlement. His Generall Historie (first edition 1624), frequently republished in the 17th century, narrates his exploits and urges the English to invest human and economic capital in North America.

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