Roanoke’s Tragic End

John White never could escape failure’s menacing hand. From the moment he left Roanoke in 1597 to the time he returned in 1590, White endured enough hardship to last a lifetime. In the end, he had nothing to show for it. Raleigh also met with continued disaster before he was executed in 1618. But it is the story of the Lost Colonists that captivates imagination. Tune in to the podcast, where I recount White, Raleigh, and the Colonist’s fate in an effort to tie up the loose ends of England’s first colonizing attempt in Virginia.


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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

Paul Green’s Famous Play – The Lost Colony

The Elizabethan Gardens – Adjacent to Fort Raleigh, and believed to be where the first Roanoke Colonists landed.

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