Definition of John Smith from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


John Smith

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(c. 1579-1631) an English colonist (= a person who establishes a colony, an area settled and controlled by people from another country) in America. He was one of the early colonists in Virginia, and was president of the North American colony from 1608 to 1609. In 1614 he explored New England, and gave it its name. He traded goods with Native Americans, and is best known for the story that his life was saved by the Native-American princess Pocahontas.