The Lost Colony

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The Lost Colony
Darian Taylor
History 101

Roanoke
Darian Taylor
December 2, 2014

The smell of the salt water hangs in the air on a crisp autumn day in the year 1585, as the sounds of waves crashing against the ships on the coast can be heard off in the distant. Sir Walter Raleigh 's explorers Philip Amadas and Arthur Barlowe steps foot on the sand of the beach of what is now common day Virginia, and breaths in the air of what is the New World. Roanoke was an island off the coast of, what today is called, Dare County, North Carolina. The island was established by Queen Elizabeth 1 in 1585. On July 4th of 1584, Amadas and Barlowe stepped foot on the grounds of what would be called Roanoke Island.
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During his time there, Grenville helped build relations with the people there, as well, build a fort there. However, the other 4 ships would never arrive, and going tired of waiting on them, Grenville decided to leave and sail onward. After sailing onward, Grenville 's ship reached the outer coast of the Carolina 's. It was there that he would met up with the other 4 ships, and together, would all explore this new area. They built a village, and after some time, Grenville decided to return to England for more food and supplies, but he left behind a few people to maintain the village that were built. He promised to return shortly with more food and supplies, however, after several years, with no sign of Grenville, the villagers were ready to leave the New World. It was during this time that Sir Francis Drake stopped by the village on his return trip from a successful raid in the Caribbean, he offered to take the villagers back to England with him. All accepted and soon they all left for England, with tobacco, maize, and potatoes that the villagers brought with them from the Native Americans that they encountered there. However, Grenville would return, but only to find that the colony was abandoned. After seeing this, Grenville decided to return to England with most of his crew, only leaving behind a few people to maintain the village and to keep an English presence on Sir Walter Raleigh 's claim to Roanoke
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