Fall 2008 Meeting Presentation
Captain John Smith's Chesapeake Bay - Page 4
  by Dr. Kent Mountford

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Dr. Kent Mountford, noted author and researcher, presented information on how the Chesapeake Bay region likely appeared to the early English explorers who visited the region in 1607 and 1608. Dr. Mountford is co-author with Helen C. Rountree and Wayne E. Clark of "John Smith's Chesapeake Voyages 1607-1609," published by the University of Virginia Press in 2007, and is the author of "Closed Sea: From the Manasquan to the Mullica." He is Ecologist and Environmental Historian for the Cove Corporation in Lusby, Maryland.

The photos below are from the presentation given by Dr. Mountford, and illustrate the history of the Chesapeake Bay for the last several hundred years, and provide information on the early explorer, Captain John Smith, and on the native population. This is Page 4 of a multi-page presentation of photographs from the lecture.

 200,000 bushels of oyster shells near Norfolk

  Most of the Bay's oyster population has been lost  
  Capt. Smith ran aground at what would later be called Stingray Point  
  A cow-nosed stingray  
  A school of cow-nosed stingrays  
  Capt. Smith apparently thought his short sword would suffice to attack even stingrays  
  Stingrays sport ferocious spines which can inflict fatal wounds  
  Capt. Smith, although stabbed by a stingray spine, was saved  
  Although the island which Smith would have seen has disappeared, Stingray Point remains  

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