The Known History

Where It All Happened

Theodor de Bry’s 1590 engraving of the area around “Roanoac” overlaid with the current Google Earth satellite imagery.

John White’s Drawings

John White lost some of his New World drawings in the chest he left behind on Roanoke when he and some of his Assistants returned to England in 1587. But many, possibly most, of them were made on his previous voyages. The British Museum has them and they’re available online. It’s a treasure trove. Here’s a sampling, courtesy of the British Museum:

Richard Hakluyt’s Accounts

Hakluyt's Principall Navigations 1589Richard Hakluyt‘s The Principall Navigations, Voiages and Discoveries of the English Nation is the principal source of almost all that is known of the Roanoke Colony.  The Hakluyt Society has downloadable copies.

David Beers Quinn’s Histories

Set Fair for RoanokeThe greatest modern scholar of the Roanoke Colony was David Beers Quinn. His Set Fair for Roanoke is the definitive current text.