A sweeping account of America's oldest unsolved mystery, the people racing to unearth its answer, and the sobering truths--about race, gender, and immigration--exposed by the Lost Colony of Roanoke
In 1587, 115 men, women, and children arrived at Roanoke Island on the coast of North Carolina. Chartered by Queen Elizabeth I, their colony was to establish England's first foothold in the New World. But when the colony's leader, John White, returned to Roanoke from a resupply mission, his settlers were nowhere to be found. They left behind only a single clue--a "secret token" carved into a tree. Neither White nor any other European laid eyes on the colonists again.
What happened to the Lost Colony of Roanoke? For four hundred years, that question has consumed historians and amateur sleuths, leading only to dead ends and hoaxes. But after a chance encounter with a British archaeologist, journalist Andrew Lawler discovered that solid answers to the mystery were within reach. He set out to unravel the enigma of the lost settlers, accompanying competing researchers, each hoping to be the first to solve its riddle. In the course of his journey, Lawler encounters a host of characters obsessed with the colonists and their fate, and he determines why the Lost Colony continues to haunt our national consciousness.
Thrilling and absorbing, The Secret Token offers a new understanding not just of the first English settlement in the New World but of how its disappearance continues to define--and divide--America.
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Table of Contents
Cast of Characters xi
Introduction: The Terror Within 5
Part 1 The Planting
Chapter 1 Some Delicate Garden 17
Chapter 2 All Signs of Joy 35
Chapter 3 Firing Invisible Bullets 53
Chapter 4 Small Things Flourish by Concord 79
Part 2 The Search
Chapter 5 A Whole Country of English 107
Chapter 6 Child of Science and Slow Time 135
Chapter 7 A Four-Hundred-Year-Old Cover-Up 161
Chapter 8 Pot of Brass 185
Chapter 9 Rejoicing in Things Stark Naughty 207
Chapter 10 We Dare Anything 231
Chapter 11 Heap Plenty Wampum 251
Part 3 The Revelation
Chapter 12 Who's Afraid of Virginia Dare? 275
Chapter 13 Swamp Saints and Renegades 301
Chapter 14 Return to Roanoke 321
Chapter 15 An Old Buck Christmas 347
Coda: A Brave Kingdom 363