The Secret Token

The Secret Token

Myth, Obsession, and the Search for the Lost Colony of Roanoke

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A sweeping account of America's oldest unsolved mystery, the people racing to unearth its answer, and the sobering truths--about race, gender, and immigration--exposed by the Lost Colony of Roanoke


In 1587, 115 men, women, and children arrived at Roanoke Island on the coast of North Carolina. Chartered by Queen Elizabeth I, their colony was to establish England's first foothold in the New World. But when the colony's leader, John White, returned to Roanoke from a resupply mission, his settlers were nowhere to be found. They left behind only a single clue--a "secret token" carved into a tree. Neither White nor any other European laid eyes on the colonists again.

What happened to the Lost Colony of Roanoke? For four hundred years, that question has consumed historians and amateur sleuths, leading only to dead ends and hoaxes. But after a chance encounter with a British archaeologist, journalist Andrew Lawler discovered that solid answers to the mystery were within reach. He set out to unravel the enigma of the lost settlers, accompanying competing researchers, each hoping to be the first to solve its riddle. In the course of his journey, Lawler encounters a host of characters obsessed with the colonists and their fate, and he determines why the Lost Colony continues to haunt our national consciousness.

Thrilling and absorbing, The Secret Token offers a new understanding not just of the first English settlement in the New World but of how its disappearance continues to define--and divide--America.

Baker & Taylor
Documents the events surrounding the unsolved 1587 disappearance of the Roanoke Island colony, tracing major investigations from the past 400 years as well as the author's own findings about how the Lost Colony is tied to today's America.

Baker
& Taylor

Documents the events surrounding the unsolved 1587 disappearance of the Roanoke Island colony, tracing major investigations from the past four hundred years as well as the author's own findings about how the Lost Colony is tied to modern America.

Publisher: New York : Doubleday, [2018]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780385542012
0385542011
9780385542029
Branch Call Number: 975.6175 LAW
Characteristics: xx, 426 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm

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PimaLib_NormS Oct 11, 2018

One of history’s great unsolved mysteries is The Lost Colony of Roanoke. Whatever happened to those people? Annihilated by the natives? Wiped out by disease, starvation, or natural disaster? Killed at sea in a vain attempt to go back home? Maybe they went elsewhere? Could they have joined and assimilated into a band of Native Americans? Well, considering that it was 1587 when they landed on Roanoke Island just off the North Carolina coast, there cannot be many clues left to find. But, that did not stop Andrew Lawler from doing some amazing in-depth research, which culminated in an absorbing book: “The Secret Token: Myth, Obsession, and the Search for the Lost Colony of Roanoke”. Lawler jumps into this ancient conundrum with both feet, tracking down the most minute details and clues, on both sides of the Atlantic. This informative book is stuffed full of intriguing information about the small, adventurous band of colonists and the indigenous people they encountered when they arrived at Roanoke. It certainly seems as though Andrew Lawler investigated every promising lead and every crackpot theory, in an effort to solve this apparently unsolvable mystery. I encourage anyone with an interest in history to read “The Secret Token” to find out if he did. Solve it, that is.

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