Roanoke: Solving the Mystery of the Lost Colony

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Simon and Schuster, Jan 1, 2012 - History - 384 pages
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November 1587. A report reaches London that Sir Walter Raleigh’s expedition, which left England months before to land the first English settlers in America, has foundered. On Roanoke Island, off the coast of North Carolina, a tragedy is unfolding. Something has gone very wrong, and the colony—115 men, women, and children, among them the first English child born in the New World, Virginia Dare—is in trouble. But there will be no rescue. Before help can reach them, all will vanish with barely a trace.
The Lost Colony is America’s oldest unsolved mystery. In this remarkable example of historical detective work, Lee Miller goes back to the original evidence and offers a fresh solution to the enduring legend. She establishes beyond doubt that the tragedy of the Lost Colony did not begin on the shores of Roanoke but within the walls of Westminster, in the inner circle of Queen Elizabeth’s government. As Miller detects, powerful men had reason to want Raleigh’s mission to fail. Furthermore, Miller shows what must have become of the settlers, left to face a hostile world that was itself suffering the upheavals of an alien invasion. Narrating a thrilling tale of court intrigue, spy rings, treachery, sabotage, Native American politics, and colonial power, Miller has finally shed light on a four-hundred-year-old unsolved mystery.

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User Review  - busterrll - LibraryThing

Like throwing a can of alphabet soup up in the air and expecting it to come down on the table in alphabetical order. Lots of information, but I thought some of the relationships were more like wild-guesses. Despite that and despite the lack of editing, I enjoyed the book immensely Read full review

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I give this 3.5 out of 4 stars. I would have given it more, but it reads like an essay and because of that I couldn't get into it and really connect with any characters. Still, it was interesting to ... Read full review

Contents

Preface
List of Illustrations
A Case of Missing Persons
Of London
Of Population
The Colonists
In Certain Danger
Grenville and
The Fall
PART FOUR WHO ARE THE MANDOAG?
Raleighs Search
Jamestown
War on the Powhatan
Requiem
Deep in the Interior
Who Are the Mandoag?

Lanes Command 1585
PART THREE A CASE OF CONSPIRACY
The Lost Colonists 1587
Raleighs Rise to Power
Political Turmoil
The Players
The Motive
The Game
Epilogue
Wingina and the Secotan
The Meaning of Mandoag and Nottoway
Notes and References
Bibliography
Index
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