Richard Grenville and the Lost Colony of Roanoke
England’s ill-fated first attempt to colonize America at Roanoke Island in 1587, more than 30 years before the Pilgrims set sail, has been the focus of numerous studies, fictional retellings and media interpretations. By 1590 the Lost Colony had disappeared and much of the available literature on it is based on research conducted more than 60 years ago.
Drawing on newly discovered documents, several recent archaeological finds and a re-examination of contemporary writings, this book brings a fresh perspective to the story.
The author discusses the 2012 discovery of a “hidden” fort on Virginia Governor John White’s 1585 map and challenges accepted theories about the Dare Stones.
Biographies of White and Sir Richard Grenville—Sir Walter Raleigh’s cousin and a more involved participant in the venture than previously credited—are included, along with previously unpublished images.