Set Fair for Roanoke: Voyages and Colonies, 1584-1606

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Recognized as the outstanding authority on early English exploration and settlement in America, David Beers Quinn brings together in Set Fair for Roanoke the results of his nearly forty years of research on the subject. His is a concise, scholarly history of the voyages sponsored by Sir Walter Ralegh and the efforts to colonize what is now North Carolina and southern Virginia. Combining documentary, visual, and archaeological sources, Quinn provides a fascinating, richly detailed account of the early colonists' ...
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Overview

Recognized as the outstanding authority on early English exploration and settlement in America, David Beers Quinn brings together in Set Fair for Roanoke the results of his nearly forty years of research on the subject. His is a concise, scholarly history of the voyages sponsored by Sir Walter Ralegh and the efforts to colonize what is now North Carolina and southern Virginia. Combining documentary, visual, and archaeological sources, Quinn provides a fascinating, richly detailed account of the early colonists' experiences in the New World, especially during the year 1585-86.

Quinn's solution to the mystery of the Lost Colony will no doubt cause controversy. He concludes that while some of the colonists went with friendly Indians to live further down the Outer Banks of North Carolina, most made their way to an area on or near the Elizabeth River in southeastern Virginia. There they lived with a friendly tribe until well into the first decade of the seventeenth century. They were massacred by Powhatan about 1607.

Set Fair for Roanoke is published in association with America's Four Hundredth Anniversary Committee, North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780807816066
  • Publisher: University of North Carolina Press, The
  • Publication date: 3/1/1985
  • Pages: 468

Table of Contents

Note on Editing xiii
Preface xv
Part 1 Voyages and Colonies, 1584-1586 1
Chapter 1. Ralegh's Involvement in the North American Enterprise 3
Chapter 2. Preliminaries of the 1584 Voyage 20
Chapter 3. The Initial Contact 28
Chapter 4. Planning the First Virginia Voyage 45
Chapter 5. The 1585 Voyage 55
Chapter 6. Founding the Colony: The First Steps 67
Chapter 7. The Settlers, 1585-1586 87
Chapter 8. Explorations 99
Chapter 9. The Final Phase 121
Chapter 10. Rescue and Frustration, 1586 130
Chapter 11. A Colony Which Died 150
Part 2 Surveys of Man and Beast 155
Chapter 12. The World of Nature 157
Chapter 13. The World of Men 182
Chapter 14. Englishmen and Native Americans 205
Part 3 A Colony Is Formed and Lost 239
Chapter 15. A Colony Launched 241
Chapter 16. A Colony Created 273
Chapter 17. The Years of Frustration, 1587-1589 295
Chapter 18. A Last Voyage 315
Part 4 A Colony Is Lost: New Explorations Continue 339
Chapter 19. A Colony Is Lost and Found? 341
Chapter 20. An Archaeological Resurrection? 379
Chapter 21. The Past and the Future 413
Appendix. An Archaeologist's View of Indian Society 425
Notes 429
Bibliographical Note 443
Index 451
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