About the Roanoke Lesson
This lesson introduces students to Roanoke.
• To be able to describe the colonization of Roanoke.
• To be able to name some of the important figures in Roanoke.
• To be able to list the only clue found after the colonists at Roanoke disappeared.
Sir Walter Raleigh received a charter from Queen Elizabeth I of England for the colonization of the area of North America known as Virginia. The charter allowed Raleigh ten years to establish a settlement in North America. If he did not establish it within ten years, he would lose his right to colonization.
Raleigh and Queen Elizabeth intended for the colonization to provide riches. They also intended that the venture be a base from which raids against Spanish treasure ships could be made.