In the early years of English colonization in North America, when the English presence was weak and their lifeline to the home country tenuous or — for the “Lost Colony” in North Carolina after 1587 — absent, some English people felt it necessary to join the much stronger Indian societies, “foreign” though they seemed. Some of those people returned to the English settlements later, but others did not, either from necessity (the “Lost Colony”) or from preference, because they had established ties with Indian families.
Join Dr. Helen C. Rountree as she discusses this phenomenon, including her belief that the Algonquian-speaking Indians of northeast North Carolina may have absorbed the Roanoke (“Lost Colony”) colonists, as either prisoners, or refugees, or both. Dr. Rountree will recontruct what such an absorption would have involved for both sides, given what we know about both Algonquian-speakers’ and English cultures.
This lecture is free and open to the public.