Roanoke Mystery

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Roanoke Could the mystery have been avoided? What if I told you that a 400 year old mystery and countless theories could have been avoided? That countless hours of excavation and research could have been used to uncover far greater mysteries. Just think of the possibilities, but instead I tell you, that they were used to try to uncover one single mystery. It all started after Sir Humphrey Gilbert drowned, during an expedition, the queen gave his half-brother Sir Walter Raleigh control of his brothers quest. Sir Walter Raleigh along with the assistance of Ralph Lane and Richard Grenville put Sir Walter Raleigh 's late brothers plans to colonize north america in motion. The queen and Raleigh intended that the expedition should bring riches from…show more content…
On April 27, 1584 Raleigh sent an expedition led by Philip Amadas and Arthur Barlowe to search the east coast of North America. The expedition reached Roanoke on July 4th and and began to befriend the local natives, the Secotans and Croatoans. Barlowe and two Croatoans, named Manteo and Wanchese, returned to England where they informed Raleigh about the politics and geography of their land. After this Raleigh organized a second expedition that would be lead by Sir Richard Grenville. On April 9, 1585 Grenville 's fleet departed with five main ships: the Tiger, the…show more content…
In 1587 Sir Walter Raleigh sent a new group of 150 people to start a colony. The man who was put in charge of the colony was named John White. He was an artist and a friend of Raleigh. He had gone to Roanoke previously with Barlowe and Grenville. White was later on appointed Governor and Raleigh appointed 12 assistants to help with the settlement. Raleigh had instructed them to start a colony on the Chesapeake Bay. On their way to Chesapeake Bay White and his men were going to pick up Grenville 's men from the Roanoke fort and take them to the new colony, but when White 's ship landed at Roanoke on July 22, 1587 they only found the skeleton of a Englishmen. When there was no one to be found at the Roanoke fort Simon Fernandez, the fleet 's commander, ordered that the new colony be established at Roanoke. His motives are still unknown to this day. Because of White relations were reestablished with the Croatan and other tribes, but the tribes that Lane quarreled with previously, refused to meet
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