Andrew Lawler - The Secret Token: Myth, Obsession, and the Search for the Lost Colony of Roanoke

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The 115 men, women, and children who landed off the coast of North Carolina to colonize Roanoke Island in 1587 disappeared around 1590, but the mystery of what happened to them continues to haunt us. Lawler, a contributing writer for Science and a contributing editor for Archaeology Magazine, got caught up in the search after a chance meeting with a British archeologist convinced him that the answer lay within reach. This book tracks his first-hand experience with other researchers similarly avid to find the truth, and recounts the long history of searches, hoaxes, scams, and legends that have grown up around the lost colony, including right-wing appropriations of Virginia Dare as a symbol of white supremacy. Ultimately, as Lawlor shows, the truth of what actually happened hundreds of years ago is less interesting than why we’re still obsessed with the question.

 

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$29.95
ISBN: 9780385542012
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Published: Doubleday - June 5th, 2018

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