The Roanoke Voyages, 1584-1590

1984 marked the 400th anniversary of the Roanoke voyages by English explorers and colonists in the New World. The voyages occurred between 1584 and 1590, and they leave among history’s famous unanswered questions the fate of “The Lost Colony,” which unaccountably disappeared in 1587. Alison Quinn and David Quinn discuss the importance of the Roanoke voyages from historical and contemporary perspectives.

At the time of this interview, David Quinn, a Fellow at the National Humanities Center (1982-83), was professor of history at the University of Liverpool. His wife Alison Quinn was his collaborator and research assistant.

This edition of Soundings was conducted by Wayne J. Pond.

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