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The bleak coast of Newfoundland was the scene of the first English attempt at colonization. This effort collapsed when its promoter, Sir Humphrey Gilbert, lost his life at sea in 1583. Gilbert?s ill-starred dream inspired his half brother, Sir Walter Raleigh, to try again in warmer climes. Raleigh organized a group of settlers who landed in 1585 on North Carolina?s Roanoke Island, off the coast of Virginia (named by the ?Virgin Queen? Elizabeth in honor of herself). With Raleigh busy at home, the Roanoke colony mysteriously vanished, swallowed up by the wilderness; the lost colony.
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