Chesapeake: Exploring the Water Trail of Captain John Smith

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National Geographic Books, 2006 - History - 191 pages
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This richly illustrated, informative, and inviting book intertwines two fascinating stories of discovery. The first, among the earliest classics of New World adventure, recounts Captain John Smith's exploration of Chesapeake Bay 400 years ago; the second revisits this stunning landscape as it is today--both to showcase its still-unspoiled splendors and to issue a timely warning of looming threats to its vibrant but fragile ecology.

Dozens of dazzling full-color contemporary photographs evoke the Chesapeake spirit in all its many moods, while a wonderfully wide-ranging selection of archival images span the four centuries since John Smith first sailed, rowed, and wandered its woods and waterways, mapping the wilderness shores of an untamed America.

The author, a veteran naturalist at the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, has spent decades leading tours and teaching classes about the region. An ideal guide, he shares both his delight in the Bay's glorious diversity and his deep concern for its future. In addition, his unique blend of experience, environmental sensitivity, and historical expertise offers modern visitors a rare opportunity to discover the Chesapeake as Smith did so long ago, leaving beaten paths and familiar waters behind to learn why Congress will soon designate it as the first of America's official National Historic Water Trails.

For history buffs, conservationists, armchair travelers, tourists planning a trip, and anyone who simply loves first-rate nature photography, this beautiful book more than meets the high standard readers have come to expect from National Geographic.

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Review: Chesapeake: Exploring the Water Trail of Captain John Smith

User Review  - Bill Sleeman - Goodreads

This is a very good overview of Smith's travels. Not as much history as some others - more natural resources than some of the general histories. A good mix. I particularly appreciated the recommendations of the author on how to explore Smith's route. Read full review

Review: Chesapeake: Exploring the Water Trail of Captain John Smith

User Review  - Jeni - Goodreads

Growing up on the Chesapeake Bay, I found this book fascinating. You will love this if you are at all interested in the history or geography of coastal Virginia. Read full review


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Exploring the Chesapeake by Boat

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About the author (2006)

John Page Williams, a member of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation staff since 1973, has served in many capacities, from fundraiser to field-trip guide on every river system in the Chesapeake. In his current position as senior naturalist, he leads a CBF team helping The Conservation Fund and National Geographic to develop the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Water Trail. He also writes about fishing and environmental issues for Boating, Chesapeake Bay, and Offshore magazines. He lives in Annapolis, Maryland.

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