Age of Exploration - The Lost Colony of Roanoke Timeline

Updated: 12/28/2016
Age of Exploration - The Lost Colony of Roanoke Timeline
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The Age of Exploration in America

Lesson Plans by Matt Campbell

Before the 1400s, the 'Known World' was limited to Europe, parts of Africa, and parts of Asia. Most people believed the world was smaller, and flatter, than it actually is. Most sea travel was limited to the coasts, for many that ventured farther did not return. Transportation over land was often dangerous and tedious, but despite that, explorers of the Middle Ages, like Marco Polo, made their way into Asia and opened trade routes. Other boundaries were blocked by Muslim territory or open ocean. Despite this, the Black Death in the 13th century limited trade and travel, and decimated the European population.

Age of Exploration in America

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Age of Exploration / Age of Discovery lesson plan - Lost colony of Roanoke

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  • Lead by John White, between 110 and 150 settlers arrive on Roanoke Island on the Chesapeake Bay.
  • Difficulties quickly arise, and within a week of landing in Roanoke, an English colonist is killed by a native while fishing.
  • John White's daughter, Eleanor, gives birth. The child is named Virginia and was the first English child born in America.
  • Lacking supplies for the colony, John White is convinced to return to England. He plans to return to Roanoke as quickly as possible.
  • No! I have to deal with the Spanish Armada!
  • Due to a war with Spain, Queen Elizabeth refused to give White a ship to return. Despite begging, White would have to wait, knowing his colony desperately needed the supplies.
  • After the defeat of the powerful naval fleet known as the Spanish Armada, White is finally able to return to his colony.
  • ?
  • White's return to the island is met with silence. The buildings and people of Roanoke are nowhere to be seen. The only thing remaining is a tree carved with the word "Croatoan".
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