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by Giles Milton

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  • ISBN 0312420188
  • ISBN13 978-0312420185
  • Language English
  • Author Giles Milton
  • Publisher Picador; 1st edition (October 19, 2001)
  • Pages 358
  • Formats azw txt lrf doc
  • Category History
  • Subcategory Americas
  • Size ePub 1307 kb
  • Size Fb2 1933 kb
  • Rating: 4.1
  • Votes: 769

In April 1586, Queen Elizabeth I acquired a new and exotic title. A tribe of Native Americans had made her their weroanza—a word that meant "big chief". The news was received with great joy, both by the Queen and her favorite, Sir Walter Ralegh. His first American expedition had brought back a captive, Manteo, who caused a sensation in Elizabethan London. In 1587, Manteo was returned to his homeland as Lord and Governor, with more than one hundred English men, women, and children. In 1590, a supply ship arrived at the colony to discover that the settlers had vanished.For almost twenty years the fate of Ralegh's colonists was to remain a mystery. When a new wave of settlers sailed to America to found Jamestown, their efforts to locate the lost colony were frustrated by the mighty chieftain, Powhatan, father of , who vowed to drive the English out of America. Only when it was too late did the settlers discover the incredible news that Ralegh's colonists had survived in the forests for almost two decades before being slaughtered in cold blood by henchmen. While Sir Walter Ralegh's "savage" had played a pivotal role in establishing the first English settlement in America, he had also unwittingly contributed to one of the earliest chapters in the decimation of the Native American population. The mystery of what happened to these colonists who seemed to vanish without a trace lies at the heart of this well-researched work of narrative history.

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Big Chief Elizabeth: The. has been added to your Cart. Milton's story ranges from John Cabot's voyage to America in 1497 to the painful but ultimately successful foundation of the English colony at Jamestown by 1611. However, the main focus of the book is Sir Walter Raleigh's elaborate and tortuous attempts to establish an English settlement on Roanoke Island, in present-day North Carolina, following the first English voyage there in 1584.

Just two weeks earlier, in October 1587, Queen Elizabeth had issued a general stay of shipping that forbade any vessel from setting sail without special licence.

Just two weeks earlier, in October 1587, Queen Elizabeth had issued a general stay of shipping that forbade any vessel from setting sail without special licence ivateers, and even supply vessels carrying mattocks and seeds to America. The reasons for such a ban were clear, even to those who had never seen the sea. King Philip II had determined to invade England, and was assembling a mighty armada which-if rumour proved true-was of such strength that it was already being called invencible.

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In April 1586, Queen Elizabeth I acquired a new and exotic title. A tribe of Native Americans had made her their weroanza-a word that meant "big chief". In 1587, Manteo was returned to his homeland as Lord and Governor, with more than one hundred English men, women, and children, to establish the settlement of Roanoke, Virginia

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Big Chief Elizabeth reads as if Milton literally used this second list as. .

Big Chief Elizabeth reads as if Milton literally used this second list as references, to look up selected aspects of the history. Little effort was apparently made to understand the larger society that gave rise to these explorers or colonizers. Elizabethan" is a favored adjective, often used and seemingly meant to convey much, but never defined. The drama that drives much of the narrative is the fate of the Roanoke colonists, but Milton claims not to have read Kupperman's work on Roanoke: The Abandoned Colony.

For almost twenty years the fate of Ralegh's colonists was to remain a mystery. A riveting historical mystery of Colonial America by the author of "Nathaniel's Nutmeg" In April, 1586, Queen Elizabeth I acquired a new and exotic title. When a new wave of settlers sailed to America to found Jamestown, their efforts to locate the lost colony were frustrated by the mighty chieftain, Powhatan, father of Pocahontas, who vowed to drive the English out of America. A tribe of Native Americans, "savages," had made her their weroanza-a word that meant "big chief.

Big Chief Elizabeth is an interesting tale of the various attempts by English adventurers to establish colonies in America. Most of the attempts failed, mainly due to greed, laziness, arrogance and naivety, and faded away into obscurity. Some colonies, particularly the Ralegh colony established on Roanoke Island, entered into notoriety as the colonists, after their Governor sailed back to England, disappeared without a trace (bar a single carving on a tree).

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Jugore
I won't go into the actual story which is very well developed in many of the other reviews. I would mention that Milton has a highly entertaining presentation of the facts, backed up by some remarkable research that provides many interesting details and believable logical conclusions to the process of the colonisation of the North American continent. His book breathes life into these famous Elizabethan and Native American characters and the book is hugely enjoyable, more importantly (perhaps) informative.
I knew almost nothing of this history and am wondering why the Puritan settlers, of famous Thanksgiving Dinner fame, do not get a mention as a group. Strange....
Pipet
After traveling to the Outer Banks last summer on vacation and actually walking over the territory that the first colonists lived on, I had to learn more. If, like me, you have been to this remote area of N. Carolina and you want to learn more, start with this book.
What is most useful about this book, and there are many usefull qualities, is that it does give a fair amount of background to the political and social scene of the late 1500's. After reading this book, I realised that our astronauts have a far, far easier time than these earlier exploerers. Modern American minds have come to expect in our minds that England has always been the preiminant power in Western Europe. How different that perception would have been had not these intrepid explorers arrived on our shores with no knowledge of the area, no food, no shelter and no allies.
What Milton does best is to give the characters of his story a balanced hearing. The natives are neither entirely naive nor entirely innocent, the English are neither entirely gospel and adventure loving or entirely cruel and conquering.
Too often in the books I have read on the "Lost Colony" (and Miles presents a very plausible explanation about where White's colonists ended up), the colonists are placed out of context even for the contemporary Jamestown colony. Here Miles shows why this early colony became strategically unimportant (why the English politicians did not care what happened to them) and important for what they taught about how to start a colony.
The only complaint I have about the book is that it tends to not flow very easily. The back and forth of Virginia and England tends to get a little hurried sometimes and makes it a bit hard to read in a few points. I do appreciate Miles stepping out and making conclusions about the events.
Overall, this is a FUN history book with sound scholarship backing it. The pages turn quickly. The book really does show the philosophical beginnings of the idea of English North America and why and where our ideas of law and commerce come from.
Faebei
Very detailed and well written. I was always curious about the disappearance of the first English colony in North America and this book offered some plausible explanations. It gives one pause to consider how the English ever did survive to colonize and why the Native people allowed them. Makes me want to cheer for the Natives. Too bad we're still beating them up.
Kemath
Did you know one of the earliest English voyages to the New World was by a proto-P.T. Barnum wannabe who, with a ship full of Tudor dandies, wanted to capture an Indian to put him on display for pay in Henry VIII's time? This is the history you didn't learn in school, made especially vivid by a narrative that emphasizes the swashbuckling adventures over any philosophizing. A short book, you'll wish it were longer by the time you get to Pocohantas' marriage to John Rolfe, the establishing event that made peace between Indian and settler and put paid to the amazing, surreal even, first chapter of the great British adventure in America.
Jazu
Any fan of popularized history knows that for every 20 dull, plodding stories, there's one well-written, funny and/or horrific book that's worth more than one read. After reading the library's copy of this book, I bought my very own (used) copy. From the hapless bumbling of Sir Humfry Gilbert and his faulty map-reading - it's no surprise if you've never heard of him - to the flamboyant, self-marketing Sir Walter Raleigh, the large cast of characters seems like an experiment in juxtaposition: put this person in the vicinity of that person, and surprising things happen.
Shaktiktilar
The BEST book, of many, on the Lost Colony and England's entry into America. Highly recommended!
Hellmaster
I never really knew this history to any large degree. This was a well written and in depth history. The unfortunate clash of the hunter gatherers and industrial England was a compelling read.
The beginning was a little slow, but once I got into it, I was fascinated. I learned so much more than I was ever taught in school.