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Roanoke by Lee Miller
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Dec 21, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: non-fiction, own
Read from March 10 to 14, 2011 — I own a copy

The famous mystery of the lost colony of Roanoke has been solved in this highly engrossing book. It lays out all events leading up to the colonist’s disappearances, failed rescue attempts, the circumstances after the disappearance and upon the foundation of the Jamestown colony, and even the political and religious climate in England at the time. The author does a great job presenting why the colony was doomed from the start. I like the theory that the foundations for failure started at the court of Elizabeth I, and that someone in power succeeded in sabotaging Walter Raleigh’s enterprises. Miller effectively uses 16th century correspondence and documents to prove the fate of the lost colonists. I won’t deny that she’s a great anthropologist, but the reason I couldn’t give this book a full five stars was because of the writing. The format and structure was good, but Miller’s writing is fragmentary and disjointed. Overall, though, it is an incredible all-encompassing depiction of the Roanoke situation.
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