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The Lost Colony of Roanoke: New Perspectives.


The Lost Colony of Roanoke: New Perspectives

Brandon Fullam



258 pages



Fullam, a retired educator who researches and writes about the early European-Native contact period and the 1587 Roanoke Island colony, challenges traditional theories about the Lost Colony of Roanoke and presents new perspectives about its activities, decisions, challenges, problems, and disappearance. He argues that most Lost Colony theories have been based on four fallacies: that master pilot Simon Fernandez was responsible for the failure of the colony through incompetence or villainy; that John Smith's references to the omen cloathedo at Ocanahonan and Pakrakanick were Lost Colonists; that Wahunsunacock, know to the English as Chief Powhatan, slaughtered the colony; and that William Strachey's reference to the oslaughter at Roanokeo does not only refer to Roanoke Island, but anywhere in the area separating Albemarle Sound and Jamestown. Drawing on 16th and 17th-century accounts, the historical record, new documentary sources, native oral tradition, and other sources, he provides new research into the alteration of the original plan to settle at the Chesapeake, the colonists' selection of a new mainland settlement location, the options available after Governor John White failed to return in 1588, and the events that resulted in the disappearance of the colony, as well as analysis of attempts by the Spanish and the English to locate the colonists between 1588 and 1608, including John White's assertions that his colony was safe at Croatoan when he returned to Roanoke in 1590. He includes discussion of information from the Powhatan Indians during the Jamestown years, the Zu[+ or -]iga Map, and the claims and possibilities of survivors and the existence of Lost Colonist descendants. ([umlaut] Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR)

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