This map was created by National Geographic, for the book Voices from Colonial America: Maryland, 1643-1776, to demonstrate what this area was like before John Smith’s voyages as well as the routes of his voyage.  Until John Smith's exploratory voyages of the Chesapeake Bay in 1608 and 1609 opened the region to European settlement, the land belonged to the Piscataways, Choptanks, and other Algonquian peoples, as it had for thousands of years. Choice land on the eastern and western shores of the bay was snapped up by colonists and turned into large English farms.