Roanoke: Solving the Mystery of the Lost Colony

Roanoke: Solving the Mystery of the Lost Colony

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by Lee Miller
     
 

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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.…  See more details below

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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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Editorial Reviews

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.
Booknews
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.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781559705844
Publisher:
Arcade Publishing
Publication date:
06/08/2001
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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