The Virginia Adventure: Roanoke to James Towne, An Archaeological and Historical Odyssey
In The Virginia Adventure, Noël Hume turns his attention to the two earliest English settlements in Virginia, Roanoke and James Towne, with fascinating results. Combining information gathered through excavations of the sites with contemporary accounts from journals, letters, and official records of the period, the author illuminates the exploits of Sir Walter Raleigh, Captain John Smith, and Powhatan; the life and death of Pocahontas; and the disappearance of the Roanoke colony. He describes in detail a recent excavation at the Roanoke worksite of a metallurgist whose mineral findings first convinced English merchants that America was a worthy risk.
Enlivened with stories of adventure, greed, and savagery by both Indians and Europeans, The Virginia Adventure is engrossing reading, made all the more fascinating by the fact that, despite hardships, bad luck, and conflict, the English presence in America persisted and the Virginia settlements survived as the birthplace of the United States.