Why is John Smith always used?
First is the cultural status of John Smith as a “placeholder name.” John and Smith together form a name often used to refer to an archetypal “everyman.” (Another example, of course, is John Doe.)
Why do we call it New England?
It is called New England because it was the first part of the US where people from England, including the Pilgrim Fathers, began to settle in the 17th century.
What was one problem John Smith had?
Aboard ship Smith was accused of attempting mutiny and was made a prisoner. Once in Virginia the group opened a sealed box with instructions from the Virginia Company, and Smith was named as one of seven men to lead the colony.
Why is New York not a New England state?
New York and New Jersey were originally both part of New Netherland, which was a Dutch colony, not an English one. They were conquered by the English in 1664, re-conquered by the Dutch in 1673, but ceded to England in the Treaty of Westminster in 1674.