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Queen Elizabeth and Roanoke

Posted by LEKokko on January 23, 2018 at 11:05 AM

England’s quest for a Northwest route

When Queen Elizabeth I was crowned in 1558, she aggressively sought a Northwest route to India and China. It was thought such a route would lie via the Artic. Many tried and failed.

Then in 1609, The Dutch hired Englishman Henry Hudson to try. Hudson traveled up the bay and river which carry his name today. However, no route existed. He then attempted the Artic route. But he disappeared when his crew mutinied during a harsh winter.

Queen Elizabeth, wanting to establishing colonies in the New World, sent Sire Walter Raleigh and Sir Francis Drake in 1585. A year later one was founded on Roanoke a small island off the coast of North Carolina. Delays by bad weather, piracy, and the time attacking Spanish ships led to not returning to the settlement until 1590. All the people had seemingly disappeared.

The mystery surrounding the settler’s disappearance lingers today. The only clue was the word Croatoan, carved into the trunk of a tree.

 

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