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Walter Ralegh's Virginia

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Sir Walter Ralegh attempted the first well-planned settlement of Virginia in North America. In several voyages, his adventurers explored the Outer Banks area, maintained settlements on Roanoke Island, explored the sounds and the major rivers flowing into them, and lived among the Chesapeake Indians for one winter.

Unfortunately, the Spanish Armada cut the supply lines between Roanoke Island and England for several years. Had it not been for that interruption, Ralegh's settlement...

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Overview

Sir Walter Ralegh attempted the first well-planned settlement of Virginia in North America. In several voyages, his adventurers explored the Outer Banks area, maintained settlements on Roanoke Island, explored the sounds and the major rivers flowing into them, and lived among the Chesapeake Indians for one winter.

Unfortunately, the Spanish Armada cut the supply lines between Roanoke Island and England for several years. Had it not been for that interruption, Ralegh's settlement would likely have endured and provided a continuous English presence in North America twenty years before Jamestown, Virginia.

But the fates of the Roanoke Island settlers and Ralegh himself were tragically affected by the conflict between England and Spain. In the case of the settlers, their ultimate fate remains a tantalizing unsolved mystery.

This book tells the fascinating story of Ralegh's Virginia, its significance in the Age of Discovery, and the cruel twists of fate that doomed the colonists to failure.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781928874089
  • Publisher: Solitude Press
  • Publication date: 7/1/2006
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 574,071
  • Product dimensions: 0.38 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 6.00 (d)

Meet the Author

I'm a ninth-generation Maryland native who knows and loves history. I attended the College of William and Mary in Virginia where I received a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics in 1964. After college, I enjoyed a thirty-three year career at the Naval Air Station, Patuxent River, Maryland. In my Navy career, I achieved recognition for innovative work that was widely published. My collaboration with Naval test pilots and engineers spanned virtually every facet of the aircraft flight test work at the Patuxent Navy base. I served as the Executive Director of the Naval Air Station during my last three years with the Navy.

Along the way, I studied local history and published numerous articles in magazines and in the Chronicles of St. Mary’s, a publication of the St. Mary’s County Historical Society. My first book-length work was the popular A Most Convenient Place, Leonardtown, Maryland 1650-1950, which has gone into the second printing.

My first novel, A Matter of Space, reflects my strong affection for the important work done by the Navy at Patuxent River Naval Air Station and the equally important work of the archaeologists, historians, interpreters and staff at Historic St. Mary’s City.

My wife Ann and I live in Williamsburg, Virginia. I'm currently working on a series of children’s stories and a third novel.
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