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Glossary Term – Event
John White, sent by Sir Walter Raleigh, arrived in Roanoke with supplies and a new group of colonists. White departed after only a month, leaving about 120 settlers at Roanoke while he returned to England for more supplies and additional colonists. The colony was deserted when White returned in 1590.
Glossary Term – Place
Roanoke Island, off present-day North Carolina, was the site of the first English settlement in North America. Founded by Sir Walter Raleigh in 1585, the colony lasted barely a year. In 1587, Raleigh sent another group of colonists out to settle in the Chesapeake. When they reached Roanoke, the ship’s captain refused to take them farther, and they remained on the island, while John White, the colony’s leader, went back to England for supplies. When he returned in 1590, he discovered that all the English colonists were gone, giving the...
In the 1570s and 1580s, John White served as an artist and mapmaker to several expeditions around the Carolinas. This engraving of Secotan, an Algonquian village on the Pamlico River in present-day North Carolina, depicts an agrarian town without defensive fences or stockades.
Early European explorers to the Americas likely experienced emotions including awe at the vast “new” environment, amazement at meeting “others,” the thrill of the unknown, concern for personal safety, desire for personal reward, and longing for their homeland and those left behind. Written and pictorial records attributed to Europeans provide the bulk of the records of these early travels. Impressions of natives as well as Native impressions of Europeans are frequently framed in the narratives of the explorers....