Levett, Christopher, 1586 - 1630

Christopher Levett, the son of York merchant Percival Levett, was a member of the Company of Merchant Adventurers of York who became an explorer in and promoter of American colonial ventures.  Levett was a member of the Council for New England and received a grant of 6,000 acres of land in Maine.  In 1623 he began a year-long trip to New England, of which he later documented in his publication A Voyage into New-England (London, 1628).  After service in the Cadiz Expedition of 1625, Levett briefly, returned to Maine in 1630 but died on his return to England. James Phinney Baxter, Christopher Levett, of York, The Pioneer Colonist in Casco Bay (Portland, ME: Gorges Society, 1893).