Lane's Expedition, A-45
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N 36° 24.073 W 076° 56.167
18S E 326380 N 4030192
Quick Description: Ralph Lane and a group of English colonists explored the Chawanook Indian country and the Chowan River, 1586, north to this vicinity.
Location: North Carolina, United States
Date Posted: 6/30/2007 10:17:41 AM
Waymark Code: WM1R9Y
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member drmellow
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Lane's Expedition

Ralph Lane and a group of English colonists explored the Chawanook Indian country and the Chowan River, 1586, north to this vicinity.

This historical marker is located on US 13/158 Bypass at Chowan River bridge in Hertford County. It was erected in 1954. The date on the marker is 1953.

The North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources has an essay on Lane's Expedition, from which the following is excerpted:

Sir Ralph Lane of Devonshire, England entered into the service of Queen Elizabeth I in 1563. After serving as a courtier, soldier, and sheriff, he was invited by Sir Walter Raleigh to command an expedition to America. On April 9, 1585 he sailed with 107 colonists to America under Sir Richard Grenville. By the end of June they had arrived at Wococon, now Plymouth Island, on the Outer Banks. A colony was established there with Lane as the governor. While there, they encountered native people belonging to the villages of Weapemeoc, Roanac, Pomeiok, Aquascogoc, and Secotan.

After Grenville left for England, the colony moved to Roanoke Island and established Fort Raleigh. Lane thought that a better harbor was necessary and sent colonists to explore the potential of the Chesapeake Bay area. The hostility of Indians and shortage of supplies prevented a move to that region. In 1586, Lane and a group of colonists explored the Chawanook Indian country and the Chowan River. Thomas Harriot, a mathematician and scientist, and John White, an artist, were members of the expedition. Raleigh had sent Harriot to study the native inhabitants as well as to explore the region’s plants, animals, and minerals. White was hired to make maps and paint watercolors of the region. Their findings were preserved in their book, A Briefe and true report of the new found land of Virginia.

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Marker Name: A-45: Lane's Expedition

Marker Type: Roadside

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