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Roanoke: The Lost Colony

27 minutes 25 seconds

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This historical reenactment presents the brief life of the first English settlement in the New World. The Roanoke Island Colony, founded by Sir Walter Raleigh, had a precarious beginning and a mysterious end that continues to puzzle historians. Cultural differences between the English and Native Americans, poor judgment, England's politics, and weak leadership contributed to the disappearance of the Lost Colony by 1591. Part of the Colonial Life Series.

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Runtime: 27 minutes 25 seconds

Reenactment of Roanoke Island Colony life. 2 men in elegant fifteen nineties clothing walk past an indigenous person speaking to a settler. Caption. Thus, Lord Grenville returned to England for supplies.
Colonial Life
Episode 4
27 minutes 25 seconds
Grade Level: 4 - 10
Man dressed in American Revolutionary clothing speaking at a podium with a large book open and 2 lit candles in holders on either side. Caption. In churches for religious practice and fellowship.
Colonial Life
Episode 5
19 minutes 59 seconds
Grade Level: 7 - 12
People dressed in Pilgrim-era clothing stand outdoors near a table filled with food. A wooden structure is in the background. Caption. Of sharing our harvests with family and friends.
Colonial Life
Episode 6
16 minutes 44 seconds
Grade Level: 1 - 6
Men, women, and children sit at church pews wearing American Revolutionary-era clothing. Caption. Children would also learn to obey parents.
Colonial Life
Episode 7
20 minutes 54 seconds
Grade Level: 7 - 12

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    Erin F. (Watertown, MA)
    December 1st, 2021 at 10:50 AM

    Great contextual information on life for early settlers.

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    Kimberly H. (Sedalia, MO)
    January 31st, 2018 at 01:10 PM

    The best re-enactment of the mystery of Roanoke Colony disappearance.

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    marysue m. (Newark, NJ)
    January 26th, 2015 at 09:08 PM

    Great summary of the events leading up to the colonization of Jamestown!