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In 1606, Smith turned involved with the Virginia Company of London’s plan to colonize Virginia for profit, and King James had already granted a charter. The expedition set sail in the Discovery, the Susan Constant, and the Godspeed on 20 December 1606. He served as a mercenary within the military of Henry IV of France in opposition to the Spaniards, fighting for Dutch independence from King Philip II of Spain.

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