Raleigh and the British Empire

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Chapter Four
Lost Colonies

THE end of Lane's colony came in a way typical of weak organization at home and vulnerability to accident in America. A former Secretary of State to Elizabeth, Sir Thomas Smith, had described young colonies as 'weak and new planted things,' and certainly the first American colony had little strength in it. Its continuance probably, and its development certainly, depended on the early arrival of supplies and reinforcements. It had been arranged that these should arrive in April 1586. Raleigh took the greatest care to make adequate preparations to send supplies, as he knew they were vital for the colony's secuilty. First, there was to be a single vessel of 100 tons, 'freighted,' we are told, by Sir Walter Raleigh, 'with all manner of things in most plentiful manner, for the supply and relief of his colony then remaining in Virginia.' Though he began its equipment in November 1585, it did not leave until after Easter 1586, and it had not reached Port Ferdinando by June 19. A more formidable reinforcement, in men as well as equipment, was to be brought overby Grenville. The Tyger, with

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • A General Introduction to the Series v
  • Contents ix
  • Illustrations x
  • Introduction xi
  • Chapter One - Beginnings 1
  • Chapter Two - New Worlds 12
  • Chapter Three - The English Approach to America 47
  • Chapter Four - Lost Colonies 97
  • Chapter Five - An Irish Plantation 129
  • Chapter Six - The Beautiful Empire 162
  • Chapter Seven - The Refounding of Virginia 209
  • Chapter Eight - Guiana Gamble 240
  • Note on Further Reading 272
  • Index 273
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