Solving the Mystery of the Lost Colony

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In November of 1587, a report reached London claiming Sir Walter Raleigh's expedition to land English settlers in America had foundered. The colony on Roanoke Island off of the coast of North Carolina-115 men, women, and children-had disappeared without a trace. For four hundred years, the question of what became of the doomed settlers has remained unanswered. Where did they go? What really happened? Why were they on Roanoke Island in the first place, as that was not their destination? Using her consummate skills as an anthropologist and ethnohistorian, Lee Miller casts new light on the previously inexplicable puzzle of Roanoke, unraveling a thrilling web of deceit that can be traced back to the inner circle of Queen Elizabeth's government to finally solve the lasting mystery of the Lost Colony.
Publisher: New York, NY : Penguin Books, 2002
ISBN: 9780142002285
Branch Call Number: 975.6 Mi
Description: xi, 362 pages : illustrations, maps ; 21 cm


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Feb 28, 2019

What a great mystery in which you become a detective along with the writer, examining all the evidence. I loved the thorough exploration of motives and suspects. This is definitely not a typical, linear history. It is laid out in a way that expands your understanding of the colony slowly, reintroducing characters again and again, with new context. You begin to understand what the success or failure of the colony means on the world stage. You begin to believe that it was, indeed, sabotage!

Having spent some time with other histories of the age, the overlapping people and events that I knew was very interesting. There were a few characterizations that were confirmed in my mind, some individuals I now want to read more about, and international political puzzle pieces dropped in to place in my mind.

Sometimes the writer's style threw me off. Sentence fragments. Often. Used. Also, the writer can sometimes get too wrapped up in adding personal pizzazz to the storytelling for my taste. The facts alone are more than enough to hold the reader's interest. Also, by the end of the book, I was struggling to keep the native tribes apart in my mind, but these are my only criticisms. Otherwise this is an excellent and fun history, especially if you're a North Carolina native who has grown up hearing of the legend of the Lost Colony.


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