Every historian builds on the work of those who precede him. My study has depended, probably more than I realize, on the work of Alexander Brown, Philip A. Bruce, Thomas J. Wertenbaker, Wesley Frank Craven, Richard L. Morton, and Wilcomb E. Washburn. But my story is different from theirs, and probably none of them would or will find it wholly acceptable. I have tried to acknowledge particular debts in footnotes, which I hope may serve in lieu of a formal bibliography of secondary works. But since I have relied primarily on original sources, and since a book is generally shaped by the nature of the sources available, a note about them may be appropriate.
The printed sources for study of colonial Virginia are voluminous. England's first approaches to colonization can be viewed not only in Richard Hakluyt's Divers Voyages Touching the Discoverie of America (London, 1582) and Principall Navigations, Voiages, and Discoveries of the English Nation (London, 1589, 1598-1600), but also in the many Works issued by the Hakluyt Society, especially E. G. R. Taylor, ed., The Original Writings and Correspondence of the Two Richard Hakluyts (London, 1935, znd ser., LXXVI, LXXVII); Clements R. Markham, ed., The Hawkins Voyages (London, 1878, Ist ser., LVII); R. Collinson, ed., The Three Voyages of Martin Frobisher (London, I867, Ist ser., XXXVIII); David B. Quinn, Voyages and Colonizing Emerprises of Sir Humphrey Gilbert (London, 1940, 2nd ser., LXXXIII, LXXXIV), and the same editor's great collection of The Roanoke Voyages, 1584-1590 (London, 1955, 2nd ser., CIV, CV). Many of the