Roanoke: Solving the Mystery of the Lost Colony

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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--is in trouble. But there will be no rescue. Before help can reach them, all will vanish with barely a trace.

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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--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. For four hundred years, the question of what became of the doomed settlers has remained unanswered. Where did they go? What really happened? And yet, as compelling as this riddle is, Roanoke holds a further surprise, for it comprises not one mystery but two--not only what happened to the colonists but why? Why were they marooned on Roanoke Island when their true destination was elsewhere?

In this remarkable work of historical detection, Lee Miller goes back to the original evidence and offers a fresh solution to the enduring riddle. She establishes beyond doubt that the tragedy of the Lost Colony did not begin on the shores of Roanoke but within the inner circle of Queen Elizabeth's government. Powerful men had reason to want Raleigh's mission to fail, But beyond that, she uses her skills as an anthropologist and ethnohistorian to cast new light on the previously inexplicable puzzles of the Roanoke data. She shows what must have become of the settlers, left to face a hostile world. Narrating a thrilling tale of Court intrigue, spy rings, treachery, sabotage, Native American politics, and power, Lee Miller has finally solved the four-hundred-year-old mystery of the Lost Colony.

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Publishers Weekly
Roanoke: Solving the Mystery of the Lost Colony by Lee Miller provides clear and convincing explanations for the disappearance of the late 16th-century British settlement on Roanoke Island off North Carolina. In probing Native American land disputes and intrigue, Miller uncovers the reasons for the colonists' disappearance. Miller's prose is commanding as she speculates on what really happened to the colonists after they left Roanoke and on the inevitability of their leaving. An ethnohistorian and anthropologist, Miller authoritatively removes the fog she claims was intentionally wrapped around this mystery. ( June) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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The story of Roanoke Island's lost colony<-->115 men, women, and children who vanished from an abandoned military fort off the North Carolina coast around 1587<-->has been repeated so many times it's taken on the status of myth: America's longest-unsolved mystery. Miller, a TV documentary researcher trained as an anthropologist, offers a dramatically told solution based on the evidence left behind and shows the reasons<-->largely political<-->the colonists were probably destined to fail even before they left England. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Associated Press Staff
“Lee Miller offers enlivening insight and astounding detail as she resurrects a 400-year-old American mystery.”
Doctor - A. David Napier
“A remarkable book…deeply compelling, so much so that it is surely destined to claim a permanent place in the American colonial record.”
Dr. A. David Napier
“A remarkable book…deeply compelling, so much so that it is surely destined to claim a permanent place in the American colonial record.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781559705844
  • Publisher: Arcade Publishing
  • Publication date: 6/8/2001
  • Edition description: 1st U.S. Edition
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 6.50 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 1.25 (d)

Meet the Author

Lee Miller holds a master’s degree in anthropology from Johns Hopkins University. She was head of research and a writer for the CBS TV series 500 Nations and a consultant for the BBC TV series Land of the Eagle. She has also served as a consultant for various Indian nations, as well as for U.S. federal and state agencies, including the Library of Congress. Of Kaw heritage, she is the founder of the Native Learning Foundation and the author of From the Heart: Voices of the American Indian. She lives in upstate New York.
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Table of Contents

Preface ix

Acknowledgments xiii

List of Illustrations xv

Maps xvi

Part 1 A Case of Missing Persons

1 The Disappearance 3

2 A Case of Missing Persons 19

3 John White: Governor 21

4 Of London 30

5 Of Population 40

6 Of Religion 43

7 The Colonists 48

8 In Certain Danger 57

Part 2 A Case of Murder

9 Sabotage 61

10 The Second Roanoke Expedition: Grenville and the Secotan (1585) 80

11 The Second Roanoke Expedition: Lane's Command (1585-1586) 97

12 Chaunis Temoatan and a Murder (1586) 110

Part 3 A Case of Conspiracy

13 The Lost Colonists (1587) 127

14 Raleigh's Rise to Power 135

15 Political Turmoil 145

16 The Players 162

17 The Motive 180

18 The Game 185

19 The Fall 192

Part 4 Who are the Mandoag?

20 Raleigh's Search 207

21 Jamestown 212

22 War on the Powhatan 218

23 Requiem 223

24 Deep in the Interior 227

25 Who Are the Mandoag? 238

26 Epilogue 261

Appendix A Wingina and the Secotan 265

Appendix B The Meaning of Mandoag and Nottoway 271

Notes and References 273

Bibliography 333

Index 353

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 14, 2014

    recommended for history buffs

    A comprehensive analysis of Roanoke and of England at that time. Too comprehensive for me but I think it would be fascinating for history buffs.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 24, 2001

    Definitive work on the Lost Colony of Roanoke

    Having read nearly everything available on this subject, much of it speculative if not imaginative, it is good to read in depth research that has accurately extracted from original sources such as Thomas Hariot and Richard Hakluyt. The author presents a wealth of details and draws a new and palatable theory in her easily read text. For anyone interested in this subject, this is the one book that must be read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 23, 2001

    history as art!

    By far the best book of the subject of the Lost Colony. The theory, involving political intrigue in Queen Elizabeth's inner circle, is compelling; the evidence, persuasive. Added to all of this is Lee Miller's extraordinary talent as a storyteller. She seamlessly weaves extracts from 16th century letters, journals, etc. in with her own 21st century narration. The result is a work that seems to 'play like a film' rather than 'read like a book.' Excellent!!!!! Five stars!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 29, 2001

    A new theory on what might have happened to Raleigh's famous 'Lost Colony'

    Miller puts her training as an anthropologist and her Kaw Native American Heritage to excellent use in her search for what happened to the famous 'Lost Colony' Readers might not agree with her conclusions, especially that there were those in Queen Elizabeth's court eager to see Ralegh(the accepted scholarly spelling Miller doesn't use)fail at establishing a colony in the Americas and that reports of 'Lost Colonists' surviving after 1587 may well have been not even English. The section where Miller traces the NA tribes of the Roanoke area and their languages as far as possible is intriging and original(although the reader may want to make out some sort of 'scorecard' to keep everyone straight). I won't give Miller's conclusions away here, but the English government under James I, Miller argues, had some very good reasons for the 'Lost Colony' to stay lost.

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