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A light and easy read...,
This review is from: Big Chief Elizabeth: How England's Adventurers Gambled and Won the New World (Paperback)
This book explores the Elizabethan colonisation of North America, stretching from John Cabot's voyage in 1497 up to the finally successful settling of Jamestown in 1611 - although the real focus of the book is Walter Ralegh's repeated efforts to establish a permanent colony at Roanoke. You have to admire his persistence, and that of the colonists - no fewer than four attempts were made, most ending in death and starvation and disaster.
This isn't an especially scholarly read, and I do question some of Milton's conclusions - most particularly his confident assertion about what happened to the colonists who disappeared from Roanoke. Surely if the answer was so easily discovered it wouldn't have been a mystery all this time? However, I digress.
This is an immensely entertaining read, fast-paced, lively-told, and full of an extraordinary cast of characters, from Ralegh himself, to Grenville and John White, John Smith and Pocahontas, Manteo and Powhatan. I could have done with a bit more depth and detail, but it serves for a light introduction to the era.