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Plymouth in Devon County, England, United Kingdom

The Roanoke Colonies

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By Michael Herrick, August 4, 2018
1. The Roanoke Colonies Marker
The Roanoke Colonies
From Plymouth on 27th April 1584, Walter Raleigh Sent Philip Amadas and Arthur Barlow to North America to Explore & Prepare for English Colonisation On 13th July They Claimed Land In the Name of Queen Elizabeth Called Virginia in Her Honour This Area is Now Known as North Carolina In 1585 a Colony Under Gov. Ralph Lane Settled There on Roanoke Island Remaining a Year. In 1587 a Second Colony Under Gov. John White Established the “Cittie” of Ralegh at the Same Site This Settlement Known as Raleigh's “Lost Colony” Disappeared Between 1587 & 1590. This Plaque Unveiled By The Gov. Of North Carolina In the Presence of the Lord Mayor of Plymouth on 27th April 1984, Commemorates the 400th Anniversary of Sir Walter Raleigh's Colonies
Erected 1984.
Location. 50° 21.971′ N, 4° 8.017′ W. Marker is in Plymouth, England, in Devon County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Commercial Road and The Barbican, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Plymouth, England PL1 2LR, United Kingdom. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8
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By Michael Herrick, August 4, 2018
2. The Roanoke Colonies Marker
other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Wreck of the “Sea Venture” (here, next to this marker); Iron Pipes (here, next to this marker); Sir Humphey Gilbertís Voyage (here, next to this marker); Sailing of the Mayflower (here, next to this marker); Arrival of NC4 (here, next to this marker); The Tolpuddle Martyrs (here, next to this marker); Royal Visit (here, next to this marker); 350th Anniversary of the Mayflower (a few steps from this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Plymouth.
Also see . . .  Barlow's Report to Raleigh of the First Exploration of the American Coast. “The second of July we found shoal water, which smelt so sweetly and was so strong a smell as if we had been in the midst of some delicate garden, abounding with all kind of odoriferous flowers, by which we were assured that the land could not be far distant. And keeping good watch and bearing but slack sail the fourth of the same month, we arrived upon the coast, which we supposed to be a continent and firm land, and we sailed along the same 120 English miles before we could find any entrance or river issuing into the sea. The first that appeared unto us we entered, though not without some difficulty, and cast anchor about three harquebus shot within the haven's mouth on the left hand of the same. And after
The Arrival of the Englishemen in Virginia image. Click for full size.
Engraving by Theodor De Bry from the John Carter Brown Library at Brown University., 1590
3. The Arrival of the Englishemen in Virginia
This engraving shows a portion of Pamlico and Albemarle Sounds in North Carolina with Roanoke Island. The mainland is labeled Secotan and the other side of the Albemarle Sound labeled Weapemeoc. The small chain of islands across the bottom is the Outer Banks. It was created from information provided by the artist John White who traveled with the explorers.
thanks given to God for our safe arrival thither we manned our boats and went to view the land next adjoining and to 'take possession of the same in the right of the Queen's Most Excellent Majesty as rightful Queen and Princess of the same'; and after delivered the same over to your use, according to Her Majesty's grant and letters patents under Her Highness' Great Seal. which being performed according to the ceremonies used in such enterprises, we viewed the land about us, being whereas we first landed very sandy and low towards the waterside, but so full of grapes as the very beating and surge of the sea overflowed them, of which we found such plenty, as well there as in all places else, both on the sand and on the green soil on the hills as in the plains, as well on every little shrub as also climbing towards the tops of the high cedars, that I think in all the world the like abundance is not to be found, and myself, having seen those parts of Europe that most abound, find such difference as were incredible to be written.” (Submitted on April 20, 2019.) 
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Credits. This page was last revised on April 20, 2019. This page originally submitted on September 27, 2018, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut. This page has been viewed 99 times since then and 58 times this year. This page was the Marker of the Week April 21, 2019. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on September 27, 2018, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.   3. submitted on April 20, 2019, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.
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