A Kingdom Strange: The Brief and Tragic History of the Lost Colony of Roanoke

James Horn, Author . Basic $26 (296p) ISBN 978-0-465-00485-0

A leading historian of early Virginia, Horn (A Land as God Made It ) relates the convoluted, fascinating story of the failed 1598 venture on Roanoke Island: a British settlement whose 100 men, women, and children disappeared without a trace. Horn teases from the record as no one before the “Lost Colony of 1587,” which had not even been intended to settle on the island. Horn recounts its travails, hostilities with the Indians, requests to England for support that failed to arrive for three years, by which time the settlers were gone. Based on the available evidence, Horn finds that the colonists did not die but intermarried with local Indians. Over a century later, a North Carolina settler, venturing to Roanoke Island, found Indians who claimed Englishmen among their ancestors (and some gray-eyed tribesmen seemed to support the claim). He places it all in the context of the political and economic tumult of the time for an outstanding historical mystery/adventure tale with an ending perhaps less tragic than historians have long believed. Illus. (Apr.)

Reviewed on: 02/22/2010
Release date: 03/01/2010
Genre: Nonfiction
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