Roanoke Colonies Header

Welcome to the world of the Roanoke explorations that were conceived, mounted, and largely funded through the creative energies and political savvy of Sir Walter Raleigh (ca. 1554-1618) — English courtier, explorer, warrior, and author — during the period from 1584 and 1590.

Card image cap

Hakluyt Text

The revised 1598-1600 edition of Principal Voyages thus became the most informed, corrected, and authoritative edition of all of the many voyages Hakluyt included in his massive three volume edition of this title.

Card image cap

Harriot's DeBry Text

In 1590 the influential Frankfurt-based engraver and printer Theodore deBry (1528-1598) began publishing the most important series of books on early European exploration.

Principal Characters

Individuals mentioned in the narratives included in Roanoke Colonies Illuminated.


Directory of highlighted terms from the narrative texts.


Maps that are used to illustrate particular places or terms.