By James Horn
In 1587, John White led 117 English males, ladies, and youngsters to Roanoke Island, off the coast of North Carolina. They was hoping to set up a British foothold in North the US, yet quickly came upon themselves suffering to outlive. White back to England for aid, but if he back to Roanoke in 1590, the colonists have been nowhere to be came across: White by no means observed his pals or family members back. yet as James Horn unearths in A state Strange, a few from the occasion survived; their descendants have been found a century later, a residing testomony to America’s striking origins.
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