Andrew Lawler explores the historical mystery of the lost colony of Roanoke

Andrew Lawler explores the historical mystery of the lost colony of Roanoke

Exciting new discoveries point to the fate of the vanished settlers

Andrew Lawler reveals America’s oldest secret in his bestselling book, The Secret Token: Myth, Obsession, and the Search for the Lost Colony of Roanoke. He takes readers on a journey into a haunting story that has intrigued and puzzled generations of professional historians and amateur researchers alike. You can order his book online at Amazon for Kindle, hardcover, audiobook and paperback editions or contact your local bookseller to reserve a copy.

The Lost Colony of Roanoke has long been the oldest unsolved mystery in American history. In 1587, during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I, 115 men, women and children arrived on Roanoke Island off the North Carolina coast to establish England’s first base in the New World. Their leader left for England on a supply mission, but the war with Spain delayed his return. When he landed on Roanoke three years later, the island was deserted. The only clue was “a secret sign” in the form of a word carved into a tree. A storm forced him to abandon the search, and the fate of the settlers remained unknown for more than four centuries.

Lost Colony Roanoke

As archaeologists recently began digging for answers, journalist Andrew Lawler was on site to record their fascinating finds. He pored over an old map in the British Museum that contained a new clue hidden in invisible ink, watched researchers analyze a ring believed to have belonged to a colonist (the answer surprised them all), and trudged along obsessed amateur explorers through dark swamps in search of evidence of the lost settlers.

Andrew also discovered that while the Lost Colony is one of the nations’ most enduring historical mysteries, it is much more than just a mystery to be solved. Roanoke not only marked the beginning of the United States, it also spawned our current race, gender, and immigration controversies. The search for the settlers, it turns out, is actually a search for our origins.

That Washington Post calls the book “crazy fun” and “surprisingly fresh and powerful.” That Wall Street Journal it finds “the most authoritative account of the Lost Colony yet.” The economist stated that “Mr. Lawler is an intrepid guide through this treacherous territory. His willingness to follow any lead, no matter how unusual, and his enthusiasm for the journey as well as for the destination are what make it so special The Secret Sign a lively and engaging read.” circusthe American book review magazine adds: “In this entertaining historical adventure, an unsolved mystery reveals violent political and economic rivalries and horrifying personal struggles”.

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About Andrew Lawler

Andrew Lawler is an award-winning journalist, correspondent, author and editor for Archeology, a contributing author for Science and author of Beneath Jerusalem: The buried history of the world’s most contested city; The Secret Token: Myth, Possession, and the Quest for the Lost Roanoke Colony; and Why Did the Chicken Cross the World?: The Epic Saga of the Bird That Fueled Civilization. Andrew has also written over a thousand articles for newspapers and magazines including The New York Times, National Geographic, SmithsonianThat Washington Post, and reported from more than two dozen countries. Andrew’s work was exhibited in Writing the best of science and nature.



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