Lost Colony of Roanoke: Colonial America's Biggest Mystery with Dr. Spencer Wells

Lost Colony of Roanoke: Colonial America's Biggest Mystery with Dr. Spencer Wells


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Sometime before 1590, a ragtag group of colonists engaged in England's first serious colonial effort disappeared off the face of the earth. The doomed colony, known today by the name of Roanoke (in present-day North Carolina) has, ever since, provided historians with one of the most fascinating mysteries of early America. What happened to its inhabitants?

Our interactive conversation will explore the troubled origins of Roanoke's colonization in 1585, its subsequent conflicts with local Native American tribes, and its unexplained disappearance. We will pay particular attention to modern research which contextualizes the colony's final fate and its lasting legacy which stretches to the present day.

Led by an expert on colonial America, Spencer Wells, this Conversation will seek to uncover the mysteries of Roanoke Colony. Designed to inform curiosity as well as future travels, participants will come away with an increased desire to visit the lost world of America's first forgotten colony.

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Spencer Wells received his PhD in American history from William & Mary in 2018. He is particularly interested in the overlap between politics, religion and war. He has taught courses on "Religion and War in Modern America" as well as "God in the White House" at the University of Virginia. He is currently writing a book on dissent in Mormonism in the mid-twentieth century as well as working on a volume on Quakers and religious tolerance in colonial America.

This conversation is suitable for all ages.

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

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