Roanoke: The Abandoned Colony

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In telling the tragic and heroic story of Roanoke, the "lost colony," award-winning historian Karen Ordahl Kupperman recovers the earliest days of English exploration and settlement in America - the often forgotten years before Jamestown and the landing of the Mayflower. Roanoke: The Abandoned Colony explores Britain's attempt to establish a firm claim to North America in the hope that colonies would make England wealthy and powerful. Kupperman brings to life the men and women who struggled to carve out a ...
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In telling the tragic and heroic story of Roanoke, the "lost colony," award-winning historian Karen Ordahl Kupperman recovers the earliest days of English exploration and settlement in America - the often forgotten years before Jamestown and the landing of the Mayflower. Roanoke: The Abandoned Colony explores Britain's attempt to establish a firm claim to North America in the hope that colonies would make England wealthy and powerful. Kupperman brings to life the men and women who struggled to carve out a settlement in an inhospitable environment on the Carolina coast and the complex Native American cultures they encountered. She reveals the mixture of goals and challenges that led to the colony's eventual abandonment, and discusses the theories about what might have become of the first English settlers in the New World as they adapted to life as Indians.

With a new preface and afterword written by the author, Roanoke: The Abandoned Colony brings the fascinating story of America's earliest settlement up-to-date, collecting together new work from scholars in a variety of fields. The story of Roanoke remains endlessly fascinating. It is a tale marked by courage, miscalculation, exhilaration, intrigue, and mystery.

About the Author:
Karen Ordahl Kupperman is Silver Professor of History at New York University

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  • ISBN-13: 9780847671274
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 5/1/1984
  • Pages: 200

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Karen Ordahl Kupperman is Silver Professor of History at New York University. She is the award-winning author of Indians and English: Facing Off in Early America and Providence Island, 1630–1641: The Other Puritan Colony.

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Table of Contents


List of Illustrations     ix
Preface to the Second Edition     xi
Preface to the First Edition     xiii
England's Bid For Greatness     1
The First Colony: A Military Outpost     13
Expectations     25
The Carolina Algonquians on the Eve of Colonization     41
The Strained Relationship of Indians and Colonists     65
The Debate Over Colonies     87
A Genuine Settlement     105
Abandonment at Roanoke     119
Endings     137
Epilogue: The Nature of Successful Colonization     159
Afterwords, 2007     169
Notes     179
Index     185
About the author     191
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