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Roanoke Island: The Beginnings of English America

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Well before the Jamestown settlers first sighted the Chesapeake Bay or the Mayflower reached the coast of Massachusetts, the first English colony in America was established on Roanoke Island. David Stick tells the story of that fascinating period in North Carolina's past, from the first expedition sent out by Sir Walter Raleigh in 1584 to the mysterious disappearance of wh ...more
Paperback, 279 pages
Published November 1st 1983 by University of North Carolina Press
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Kay Mcgriff
Aug 04, 2012 rated it liked it
I have always been fascinated by the Lost Colony. My husband picked up this title on our recent vacation to the NC Outer Banks. This is a comprehensive summary of the events leading up to and following Sir Walter Raleigh's Lost Colony. It is fairly readable for a more scholarly work. I just wish there was some way to know for certain what happened to those English men and women. I would like to think (and some evidence suggests) that at least some of them survived and lived with the Croatan Indi ...more
Sep 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
An interesting read which provides what I believe to be a complete account of the Roanoke Island colony. The book deals with familiar characters such as Sir Walter Raleigh, John White, and others, in their relation to the Lost Colony. The book is excellent in presenting all of the calamitous issues faced in the establishment of Fort Raleigh along with a little bit of the excitement in the exploration of the New World. There are a lot of interesting characters talked about in the book that you ne ...more
Lyle Shelley
Sep 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
This book does an effective job of taking the reader through the years of false starts and dashed hopes of the English desire to colonize North America. It's a fascinating tale, and one the author has clearly researched quite a bit. He writes in a refreshingly unbiased manner, narrating the story as it happened and refusing to lay a history-class coating of sugar over the eventual douchey behavior of the colonists towards the natives they encountered. I learned a lot from this one.
Jamestown and Williamsburg get all the press, but Roanoke was the site of the still unsolved Lost Colony Mystery. (Although recent research is getting closer to solving things.) I had a fixation on this mystery for a while, and read a lot about the area and the Lost Colony. Drove my school librarian crazy demanding new books about it.
David R.
Dec 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
Stick ably codifies the best historical understanding of the "Lost Colony" in the wake of the 500th Anniversary of its passing. I think he breathed a little more life into the account and thoughtfully dissected the many theories about the ultimate fate of the colonists.
Michelle Lloyd
Aug 04, 2013 rated it it was ok
Doesn't get to the disappearance of the colonists until 20 pages from the end of the book. As a reference material, it's pretty weak.
Feb 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: virginia-history
The clearest, most straightforward book written on the Lost Colony. Perhaps not the best, but certainly the clearest written book on the subject.
Krista the Krazy Kataloguer
Unless there's been a revision, this book is undoubtedly outdated now, but back when I read it it was interesting.
Benjamin Plume
Jul 30, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: nonfiction
Shed some light on my favorite historical mystery, but without resolving the mystery.
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