Big Chief Elizabeth

Title: Big Chief Elizabeth: The Adventures and Fate of the First English Colonists in America
Author: Giles Milton
First American Edition
Condition: As New
Pages: 358
Hardcover
List Price: $24.00
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The author of Nathaniel's Nutmeg spins a sprawling story of the attempts by English adventurers to claim, divide, and colonize North America. From Richard Hore's 1536 journey and Sir Humfrey Gilbert's ill-fated attempt, to Sir Walter Ralegh's extravagant expeditions to Roanoke Island and Jamestown, Giles Milton tells of greed, ambition, hardship, and wars between settlers and indigenous peoples, illustrated with period engravings. In 1586 Queen Elizabeth I was delighted to acquire the exotic title weroanzaóbig chiefófrom a tribe of Native Americans. The first American expedition of her favorite Sir Walter Ralegh had brought back a captive, Manteo, whose tattooed face and otter-skin cloak had caused a sensation in Elizabethan London. In 1587, Manteo was returned to his homeland as Lord of Roanoke along with some 120 English men, women, and children. In 1590, an English supply ship arrived at the coastal colony, but the settlers had disappeared. Milton details the story of Powhatan and Pocahontas and how her marriage to John Rolfe ensured Jamestown's future, then pieces together stories from many sources to establish the fate of the Roanoke colony.


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