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NH monument to mark Capt. Smith's New England trip 400 years ago

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RYE, N.H. - This year marks the 400th anniversary of Capt. John Smith's voyage and mapping of New England, and the dedication of a new monument to him in Rye, New Hampshire.

The obelisk at Rye Harbor State Park is made of four pieces of New Hampshire granite and has a bronze reproduction of Smith's map. It's enlarged to 26 inches tall from the original size of 12 inches. The monument also features an engraving of the compass, which is oriented to the north and east.

Smith's map and book, "A Description of New England," describes the region's "incredible abundance of most sorts of fish, much fowle, and sundry sorts of good fruits for man's use." It guided the pilgrims to Plymouth, Massachusetts, six years later.

Smith mapped the coastline from Penobscot Bay to Cape Cod.

The state Legislature authorized in the 2013 capital budget funds up to $40,000 to be matched by private funds.

Previous monuments were dedicated on Star Island in the Isles of Shoals.

The dedication is scheduled for Thursday, Aug. 14, at 10:30 a.m.

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