Big Chief Elizabeth

Big Chief Elizabeth

How England's Adventurers Gambled and Won the New World

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In April 1586, Queen Elizabeth I acquired a new and exotic title. A tribe of North American Indians had made her their weroanza - 'big chief'.

The news was received with great joy, both by the Queen and her favourite, Sir Walter Ralegh. His first American expedition had brought back a captive, Manteo, whose tattooed face had enthralled Elizabethan London. Now Manteo was returned to his homeland as Lord and Governor. Ralegh's gamble would result in the first English settlement in the New World, but it would also lead to a riddle whose solution lay hidden in the forests of Virginia.

A tale of heroism and mystery, Big Chief Elizabeth is illuminated by first-hand accounts to reveal a remarkable and long-forgotten story.

Publisher: London : Hodder & Stoughton, 2000.
ISBN: 9780340748817
Branch Call Number: 970.00497 Mil 3701 1
Characteristics: xiii, 416 pages : illustrations, map.


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WVMLStaffPicks Dec 18, 2014

A swashbuckling story of the extraordinary attempts by English adventurers to claim, divide and colonize what would be the biggest jewel in Queen Elizabeth I’s crown: North America. From Richard Hore’s 1536 journey to the ill-fated Sir Humfrey Gilbert’s attempt, to Sir Walter Ralegh’s extravagant expeditions to Roanoke Island and Jamestown, Milton brings it all to life. Who was the real Pocahontas? What happened to the lost colony of Roanoke? These are just some of the interwoven threads of this riveting book. Popular history at its best.

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