Monday, January 24, 2011

Grenville and the Lost Colony of Roanoke

Grenville and the Lost Colony of Roanoke
By Andy Powell

News Release by Jennifer Sheppard

Our own Andy Powell has written a book about The Lost Colony of Roanoke.  Roanoke, North Carolina has the distinction of being the first site where Englishmen landed in America, to establish a permanent settlement.  Yes, 20 years before Jamestown, Virginia was settled and 33 years before the Mayflower landed in Massachusetts, Englishmen landed on North Carolina shores (then Virginia) to establish a colony.

In 1587, Raleigh sent a colony of 117 men, women and children to colonize America. Shortly thereafter; Governor White had to set sail for England to obtain additional provisions but was unable to return until three years later. When he returned to America the colonists had disappeared, leaving the word Croatoan carved on a tree.

Bideford councillor and author Andy PowellIn Grenville and the Lost Colony of Roanoke, Andrew Powell presents information he's gathered during more than three years  of research. He researched the earliest transcripts and first hand accounts; many that have never been previously connected to the story of the Lost Colony.  This work provides a picture of one of the most extraordinary periods in English history and the most famous unsolved mystery in America.

This book examines the crucial role played by Raleigh's cousin, Sir Richard Grenville. Grenville and The Lost Colony of Roanoke contains new revelations, exposes myths, includes modern re-transcriptions of original accounts, and provides the latest evidence and theories as to what happened to the Colonists.

‘If the theories associated with the story are proven, and the evidence in support of them is emerging rapidly from the use of modern DNA testing and new archeological evidence, then the History of America is about to be re-written,’ explains author, Andrew Thomas Powell.”

“This book provides a very fresh perspective on Sir Walter Raleigh’s Virginian enterprises and highlights the key role that Si. Richard Grenville played in them. By looking at the original accounts, the book offers numerous new insights…It is an important new addition to the library of ‘Lost Colony’ research” – Mark Horton, Professor in Archaeology, University of Bristol, UK.

This book reads like butter. No slogging through the mire. Andy Powell not only documents the history of the Roanoke voyages, he solves many mysteries, and weaves it all into a mesmerizing tale. It’s all true, but reads like a mystery book that you can’t put down until the last page is turned.” – Roberta Estes, CEO of and Co-Founder of The Lost Colony Research Group (America’s leading ‘Lost Colony’ authority).

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ANDREW THOMAS POWELL was born in Wimbledon in 1959 and settled in North Devon in 1987. He is the former Mayor of Bideford and a Town Councillor. In his private life he spends his time enjoying trekking and attempting to play his Jazz Guitar.  

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