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

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The "gripping adventure story" (Christian Science Monitor) of the Lost Colony of Roanoke and the mystery at the center of the American founding

In 1587, John White led 118 English men, women, and children to Roanoke Island, off the coast of North Carolina, intending to establish the first English colony in America. Faced with dwindling supplies and hostile Indians, they soon found themselves struggling to survive. White returned to England for help, but when he returned to Roanoke in 1590, the colonists were nowhere to be found; never saw his friends or family again. Their disappearance has remained a mystery for four centuries, but as James Horn reveals in A Kingdom Strange, some from the party survived. Their descendants were discovered a century later, a living testament to America's remarkable origins.

About the Author

James Horn is the president of the Jamestown Rediscovery Foundation. He is author and editor of five books on colonial American history, including A Land As God Made It: Jamestown and the Birth of America and 1619: Jamestown and the Forging of American Democracy. He lives in Richmond, Virginia.

Praise For…

"Magnificent...Horn's winning account is a gripping adventure story about global ambition, individual hardship, and an unsolved historical mystery."—Christian Science Monitor

"The fate of the Lost Colony is a mystery at the heart of the nation's founding, chock full of odd characters, conspiracy theories, strange turns of events -- even enigmatic carvings left behind on trees. James Horn...has written a lucid and readable account of the Roanoke colony and the forces that created it. He makes a persuasive case for what must have happened to the settlers."—Washington Post

"[A] fast-paced tale of greed, adventure, and tragedy that distills pretty much all that is known and most of what is surmised about the Lost Colony."—Seattle Times

"A story of overweening ambition, heartbreak, greed, and repeated failure that...stamped Britain's culture and power on North America."—The Weekly Standard
Product Details
ISBN: 9780465024902
ISBN-10: 0465024904
Publisher: Basic Books
Publication Date: October 4th, 2011
Pages: 320
Language: English