Final Lit Review

October 19th, 2009

Angie White.Lit Review

Book & Article Review

September 18th, 2009

Book Review

Article Review

Internet Sources: Good & Bad

September 11th, 2009
This is not a very good internet source because it is written by a private party based from a rather strange “company” that investigates aliens and ghosts and such. Also, there is not a bibliography or any reference of sources that the writer used, which is very important.
I would say that this is a legitimate internet source for basic knowledge about the Lost Colony because the site is owned by a state library and is updated by the library with their information.

Choosing a Topic Worksheet

September 8th, 2009

A. Briefly describe the library research that you did towards choosing a topic. Include at least two reference books that you used and three library card catalog subject headings that you found useful.

-While researching in the library, I discovered several books that will be extremely useful to me. Three different subject headings that I found were Roanoke Colony; Indians of North America — First contact with Europeans — North Carolina; and Algonquian Indians — First contact with Europeans. A reference book that I used was “New American world : a documentary history of North America to 1612” – call number E101 .N422. That is the only reference book I have used thus far.

B. Briefly describe the internet research that you did. What words did you google successfully? Name at least one useful website. Do not include web based library card catalogs in this section.

-The internet research I have done has not proven to be as useful as the library so far. I googled Lost Colony and Roanoke Colony and came up with the play, “The Lost Colony” and of course, Wikipedia information. One very interesting site that I found is which is the website for the DNA research that is going on to try and find descendents of the colonists. This website also has a list of the names of the colonists of several different voyages to Roanoke in the 1580s.

C. Are enough secondary sources available on this topic? Tell me a bit about what you found.

-I have found several secondary sources and I am still looking for more. This topic has been of interest to scholars and archaeologists for a very long time, so there are numerous books written about it. There are also many compilations of primary sources like diary and journal entries from the time period.

D. Finally, describe your conversations with me about your topic and how your topic has evolved as a result.

-I have not really had a conversation with you about my topic yet except a brief letting you know what it was, but I plan to very soon!

Meeting with Historian

September 7th, 2009

When I met with Dr. Hudgins to discuss the Lost Colony, he was helpful but also a little critical of my idea (only constructive, of course!) He thought the topic of what happened to the Lost Colony was a little too “slippery” for a 299 paper since there is not an answer to this question. He also thought it would be difficult to find primary sources for this topic. Instead, we talked about how I could continue to research the Lost Colony but maybe use a more narrow approach. We decided on Native American relations with the Lost Colony of Roanoke. The question that I will ask and then research is How did Native American relations with the Lost Colony affect them both positively and negatively. He also suggested that I could use diaries/journals written by the explorers like John White to help me. All in all, it was a very productive meeting.

William John Winsor, Jr.

September 3rd, 2009

After searching for this name online, I came across Army records for people who were enlisted. William John Winsor, Jr.’s name was in the database and the information correlated to what he wrote about in his autobiography. The army records have him enlisted in the 40’s, which is was he talks about in his story. It also has his residence state as NJ and his enlistment state as Arizona, both of which agree to the autobiography. I was a little confused because it says his marital status was single and in the story, he is married at the time of his enlistment to Marguerite.
Army Record

Primary Source – Map

September 3rd, 2009
Watercolor drawing. Map of Raleigh's Virginia by John White (created 1585-1586) The British Museum

Watercolor drawing. Map of Raleigh's Virginia by John White (created 1585-1586) The British Museum

This primary source is a drawing of the Atlantic Coast of England’s early Virginia colony. It shows different rivers that could be important to exploration and perhaps future trade. It also labels different areas with different Native American names and even shows canoes with Native Americans in them. This shows the large population of Native Americans around the area at the time. It also has different coats of arms on it, one of which is that of Sir Walter Raleigh.

The map was created in 1585 or 1586, during which some of the first colonization efforts were taking place in Roanoke. The artist was Governor John White, the governor of the colony and the man who would later return to Roanoke and discover that the colony had disappeared. He painted this map because he had been appointed as the illustrator of the New World on the colonization attempt of 1585.  He drew the map as he explored up and down the coast.

I will use this source for my paper because it shows the different locations of the Indian populations at the time, and their different names. It also shows the different areas that the settlers at the time knew existed. Some of the problems that I foresee in using this source is that it is not completely geographically accurate and some of the names are hard to read. Also, I can’t look at the map itself because it is in Britain.