In November of 1587, a report reached London claiming Sir Walter Raleigh's expedition to land English settlers in America had foundered. The colony on Roanoke Island off of the coast of North Carolina-115 men, women, and children-had disappeared without a trace. For four hundred years, the question of what became of the doomed settlers has remained unanswered. Where did they go? What really happened? Why were they on Roanoke Island in the first place, as that was not their destination? Using her consummate skills as an anthropologist and ethnohistorian, Lee Miller casts new light on the previously inexplicable puzzle of Roanoke, unraveling a thrilling web of deceit that can be traced back to the inner circle of Queen Elizabeth's government to finally solve the lasting mystery of the Lost Colony.
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"What Lee Miller offers here is an exciting and original look at a great historical mystery, and her conclusions are as convincing as her research is thorough. The intellectual breadth and literary elegance of this book are perhaps matched only by the novel solution that her sensitivity to her subject and her anthropological acumen allow her to venture. Roanoke is deeply compelling, so much so that it is surely destined to claim a permanent place in the American colonial record."
--A. David Napier
Professor of Anthropology
"Roanoke is ethnohistory at its best, written in a vivid style and bursting with new insights. Miller is not afraid to ask questions historians should have asked but haven't. Using anthropological tools, she brings the Lost Colony to life and, at the same time, has created an absorbing and thrilling read, full of fascinating details most historians omit. This will be a benchmark study, uniquely deserving of serious scholarly attention. A must for everyday readers and for the college classroom."
--Dr. Catherine Good
Chairman, Graduate Program in History and Ethnohistory
National School of Anthropology and History, Mexico City
Lee Miller holds a masters degree in anthropology from Johns Hopkins University. She was head of research and a writer for the CBS television series 500 Nations and a consultant for the BBC television series Land of the Eagle. Of Kaw heritage, she is the founder of the Native Learning Foundation.
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