The 1585 Roanoke Expedition

In this episode I try to recount the nearly year long, disastrous 1585 colonization attempt at Roanoke Island. Please, follow along, as Grenville’s fleet set sail in April, and Ralph Lane hitched a ride back to England with Francis Drake in June, 1586. Along the way, there will be encounters with the Spanish, explorations into the American mainland, and violence with the native Secotan tribe.

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Houston, Lebame and Hird, Barbara. editors. Roanoke Revisited… The Story of the First English Settlements in the New World and the Fabled Lost Colony of Roanoke Island. Penny Books, 1997.

Hume, Ivor Noel. The Virginia Adventure: Roanoke to James Towne – An Archaeological and Historical Odyssey. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1994.

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Miller, Lee. Roanoke: Solving the Mystery of the Lost Colony. New York: Aarcade, 2001.

Mapp, Alfred J. Virginia Experiment: The Old Dominion’s Role in the Making of   America, 1607-1781. Lincoln, NE: iUniverse, Inc, 2006.

Quinn, David Beers. Set Fair for Roanoke: Voyages and Colonies, 1584-1606. Chapel Hill, NC: UNC Press, 1985.

Smith, John. The General Historie of Virginia, New England, and the Summer Isles with the Names of the Adventurers, Planters, and Governors from Their Beginning: 1584-1624. volumes 1-2. Bedford, MA: Applewood Books.

Stick, David. Roanoke Island: The Beginnings of English America. Chapel Hill, NC: UNC Press, 1983.

US History Timeline – This is a great chronological resource!

The First Colony Foundation

Fort Raleigh NPS

Image Credit:John White, Indian Village of Pomeiooc.

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