“. . . had there been no Roanoke Island, and Fort Raleigh, it is doubtful if there would have been a Jamestown (in 1607) or a Plymouth Rock (in 1620).”
The obvious question that follows is would there have been an English settlement at all in the New World. It is highly doubtful given the powerful hold that Spain, Portugal and France had in the Americas.
For these brave souls who gave England a fragile grasp to cling to we should all be thankful in this the 425th year since they sailed from the known to to the unknown and vanished.
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