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Roanoke: The Abandoned Colony
     

Roanoke: The Abandoned Colony

by Karen Ordahl Kupperman
 

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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

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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

Editorial Reviews

Alden T. Vaughan
Roanoke is the best book on the subject . . . skillfully reconstructing the events and invoking the personalities of England's first American outpost. And more than any previous work on the subject, it reveals how the Indians played crucial roles in the rise and fall of Raleigh's Lost Colony.
T. H. Breen
Professor Kupperman provides what must surely be the definitive account of the 'lost colonists' of Roanoke. She tells a dramatic story of courage, greed, and misadventure. . . . Anyone curious about the enduring mysteries of Roanoke will enjoy Kupperman's book.
Choice
Evokes a powerful sense of this dramatic, yet tragic, chapter in the English colonial experience in North America.
Journal of American History
A sensitive, stimulating, and exceptionally well-written book.
Journal of Southern History
A skillful and readable account of a fascinating chapter in American history.
Los Angeles Times
A work of drama and intrigue.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781566190831
Publisher:
Sterling Publishing
Publication date:
01/25/1993
Pages:
182

Meet the Author

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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