Miller provides facts, so many of them, that paint a vivid picture of the life the colonists left behind, the subterfuge that left them stranded on an island on which they were not meant to go, (and the disasters that nearly derailed their efforts before they even reached the island), the shipwreck along North Carolina's treacherous coast that lead to the shortage of supplies, and the dealings Ralph Lane and his men had with the Secotans and other nations on Roanoke and along the Pamlico Sound. For anyone interested in Raleigh's expeditions, Miller's Roanoke is a must read. We took it with us during a recent trip to Manteo to visit Fort Raleigh. Knowledge gleaned from its pages enhanced our visit along with a conversation we had with a gentleman involved in the search for the colony.
There is far more to this story than most people know, and that is, perhaps, what keeps the mystery of the Lost Colony alive.
|Marker at Fort Raleigh. Click to Enlarge|
|Shoreline along Fort Raleigh. What once had been land is now covered with water.|
|Manteo, a charming island village of cottages and white picket fences.|