THE STORY OF ROANOKE
TWENTY-ONE years before we sailed from London, Sir Walter
Raleigh sent out a fleet of seven ships, carrying one hundred
and seven persons, to Virginia, and Master Ralph Lane was named
as the governor. They landed on Roanoke Island; but because the
Indians threatened them, and because just at that time when they
were most frightened, Sir Francis Drake came by with his fleet,
they all went home, not daring to stay any longer.
Two years after that, which is to say nineteen years before we
of Jamestown came here, Sir Walter Raleigh sent over one hundred
and sixteen people, among whom
 were men, women and children, and
they also began to build a town on Roanoke Island.
John White was their governor, and very shortly after they
came to Roanoke, his daughter, Mistress Ananias Dare, had a
little baby girl, the first white child to be born in the new
world, so they named her Virginia.
Now these people, like ourselves, were soon sorely in need of
food, and they coaxed Governor John White to go back to England,
to get what would be needed until they could gather a harvest.
At the time he arrived at London, England was at war with
the Spanish people, and it was two years before he found a
chance to get back. When he finally arrived at Roanoke Island,
there were no signs of any of his people to be found, except
that on the tree was cut the word "Croatan," which is the name
of an Indian village on the island nearby.
That was the last ever heard of all those hundred and sixteen
people. Five different times Sir Walter Raleigh sent out men
for the missing ones; but no traces could be found, not even
at Croatan, and no one knows whether they were killed by the
Indians, or wandered off into the wilderness where they were
You can see by the story, that the London Company had set for
Captain Newport a very great task when they commanded him to do
what so many people had failed in before him.
 And now out of that story of the lost colony, as Master Hunt
told Nathaniel and me, grows another which also concerns us in
this new land of Virginia.
You will remember I have said that Master Ralph Lane was the
governor of the first company of people who went to Roanoke
Island, and, afterward, getting discouraged, returned to England.
Now this Master Lane, and the other men who were with him,
learned from the Indians to smoke the weed called tobacco,
and carried quite a large amount of it home with them.
Not only Sir Walter Raleigh, who knew Master Lane very well,
but many other people in England also learned to smoke, and
therefore it was that when we of Jamestown began to raise
tobacco, it found a more ready sale in London than any other
thing we could send over. Once this was known, our people gave
the greater portion of their time to cultivating the Indian