16th Century North Carolina Timeline
Sixteenth-Century North Carolina History Timeline
16th Century North Carolina Timeline
Sixteenth-Century North Carolina History Timeline
Sixteenth-Century North Carolina History Timeline
de Quexoia leads a Spanish expedition from Santo Domingo that explores the coastal region.
explorer Giovanni da Verrazano explores for France along what is now the North Carolina coast.
A Spanish colony directed by Luís Vasquez de Ayllón settles along the Cape Fear River. The colony has more than 500 men, women,
and children, including African slaves. After more than 300 settlers die of starvation and disease, the survivors abandon
the colony in October and return to Santo Domingo.
A Spanish expedition led by Hernando de
Soto explores the western portions of present-day North Carolina, looking for gold. De Soto and his men visit Indian communities
and probably introduce smallpox and other deadly European diseases to the native populations.
establish Saint Augustine in present-day Florida. This is the first permanent European settlement in America.
24: Spaniards looking for the Chesapeake Bay land on the coast of present-day Currituck County. Led by Pedro de Coronas, they
explore for a few days without encountering any natives and eventually return to the West Indies.
explorer Juan Pardo, seeking gold, leads an expedition through what is now western North Carolina. Pardo visits the Catawba,
Wateree, and Saxapahaw Indians.
Walter Raleigh sends explorers Philip Amadas and Arthur Barlowe to North America in search of potential colony sites. At Roanoke
Island the explorers meet Native American chief Wingina and find the site excellent for settlement. They return to England
with two Indians, Manteo and Wanchese, who learn English and are used to create publicity for Raleigh’s colony.
first English settlement in America is founded at Roanoke Island, and Ralph Lane is appointed governor. The Roanoke Indian
people, some of whom initially welcome the colonists, begin to see the English as a drain on food and other resources.
Lane leads an expedition into the interior of North Carolina in search of gold and other precious metals. Roanoke Indians
warn inland tribes about the English, but Lane makes an alliance with the Chowanoke, who hope to use the English against their
enemies the Tuscarora. Chief Wingina plots to get rid of the English settlers, and Lane has him killed.
Drake arrives at Roanoke Island and takes most of the colonists back to England, leaving an exploring party. Possibly Drake
also leaves Africans and South American Indians that he captured from the Spanish. A relief ship arrives at Roanoke Island
and, finding none of the colonists, leaves 15 men to hold the area for England.
explorer and artist John White to Roanoke Island as leader of a new group of settlers—the second English attempt to
settle there. The colonists find bones of the 15 men left behind in 1586. White enlists the help of Manteo to build relationships
with the Roanoke and Croatoan Indians. Most of the native peoples decide to let the colonists fend for themselves.
White leaves Roanoke Island for England to acquire supplies for the colonists. With England and Spain at war, White cannot
make an immediate return to the colony.
August 18: Virginia Dare becomes the first English child born in the New World.
finally returns to Roanoke Island to find the colony deserted, with little evidence of what happened to the colonists. He
attempts to sail to Croatoan Island in hopes of finding some of them, but severe weather prevents him from reaching the island,
and he never returns to the area. The Roanoke settlement is known afterward as the Lost Colony.
Source: North Carolina Museum of History
Recommended Reading: Roanoke Island: The Beginnings of English America. Description: Well before the Jamestown settlers first sighted the
Chesapeake Bay or the Mayflower reached the coast of Massachusetts, the first English
colony in America was established on Roanoke Island.
David Stick tells the story of that fascinating period in North Carolina's
past, from the first expedition by Sir Walter Raleigh in 1584 to the mysterious disappearance of what has become known
as the lost colony. The fate of the colonists left on Roanoke
Island by John White in 1587 is a mystery that continues to haunt historians. A relief ship sent in 1590 found
that the settlers had vanished. Stick makes available all of the evidence on which historians over the centuries have based
their conjectures. Methodically reconstructing the facts—and exposing the hoaxes—he invites readers to draw their
own conclusions concerning what happened. Continued below...
Included in the
colorful cast of characters are the renowned Elizabethans Sir Francis Drake and Sir Richard Grenville; the Indian Manteo,
who received the first Protestant baptism in the New World; and Virginia Dare, the first child born of English parents in
America. Roanoke Island narrates the daily
affairs as well as the perils that the colonists experienced, including their relationships with the Roanoacs, Croatoans,
and the other Indian tribes. Stick shows that the Indians living in northeastern North
Carolina—so often described by the colonists as savages—had actually developed very well
organized social patterns.
Recommended Reading: The Tar
Heel State: A History of North Carolina (Hardcover). Description: The Tar Heel State:
A History of North Carolina constitutes the most comprehensive and inclusive single-volume chronicle of the state’s
storied past to date, culminating with an attentive look at recent events that have transformed North Carolina into a southern megastate. Integrating tales of famous pioneers, statesmen,
soldiers, farmers, captains of industry, activists, and community leaders with more marginalized voices, including those of
Native Americans, African Americans, and women, Milton Ready gives readers a view of North Carolina that encompasses perspectives
and personalities from the coast, "tobacco road," the Piedmont, and the mountains in this sweeping history of the Tar Heel
State. The first such volume in more than two decades, Ready’s work offers a distinctive view of the state’s history
built from myriad stories and episodes. The Tar Heel State is enhanced by one hundred and ninety illustrations and five maps.
with a study of the state’s geography and then invites readers to revisit dramatic struggles of the American Revolution
and Civil War, the early history of Cherokees, the impact of slavery as an institution, the rise of industrial mills, and
the changes wrought by modern information-based technologies since 1970. Mixing spirited anecdotes and illustrative statistics,
Ready describes the rich Native American culture found by John White in 1585, the chartered chaos of North Carolina’s
proprietary settlement, and the chronic distrust of government that grew out of settlement patterns and the colony’s
early political economy. He challenges the perception of relaxed intellectualism attributed to the "Rip van Winkle" state,
the notion that slavery was a relatively benign institution in North Carolina,
and the commonly accepted interpretation of Reconstruction in the state. Ready also discusses how the woman suffrage movement
pushed North Carolina into a hesitant twentieth-century
progressivism. In perhaps his most significant contribution to North Carolina’s
historical record, Ready continues his narrative past the benchmark of World War II and into the twenty-first century. From
the civil rights struggle to the building of research triangles, triads, and parks, Ready recounts the events that have fueled
North Carolina’s accelerated development in recent years and the many challenges that have accompanied such rapid growth,
especially those of population change and environmental degradation.
Recommended Reading: Encyclopedia of North Carolina (Hardcover: 1328 pages) (The University of North
Carolina Press). Description: The first single-volume
reference to the events, institutions, and cultural forces that have defined the state, the Encyclopedia of North Carolina
is a landmark publication that will serve those who love and live in North Carolina
for generations to come. Editor William S. Powell, whom the Raleigh News & Observer described as a "living repository
of information on all things North Carolinian," spent fifteen years developing this volume. With contributions by more than
550 volunteer writers—including scholars, librarians, journalists, and many others—it is a true "people's encyclopedia"
of North Carolina. Continued below...
includes more than 2,000 entries, presented alphabetically, consisting of longer essays on major subjects, briefer entries,
and short summaries and definitions. Most entries include suggestions for further reading. Centered on history and the humanities,
topics covered include agriculture; arts and architecture; business and industry; the Civil War; culture and customs; education;
geography; geology, mining, and archaeology; government, politics, and law; media; medicine, science, and technology; military
history; natural environment; organizations, clubs, and foundations; people, languages, and immigration; places and historic
preservation; precolonial and colonial history; recreation and tourism; religion; and transportation. An informative and engaging
compendium, the Encyclopedia of North Carolina is abundantly illustrated with 400 photographs and maps. It is both a celebration
and a gift—from the citizens of North Carolina, to the citizens of North Carolina.
"Truly an exhaustive and exciting view of every aspect of the Old
Recommended Reading: 1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus. Description: 1491 is not so much the story of a year, as of what that year stands for: the long-debated (and often-dismissed)
question of what human civilization in the Americas
was like before the Europeans crashed the party. The history books most Americans were (and still are) raised on describe
the continents before Columbus as a vast, underused territory,
sparsely populated by primitives whose cultures would inevitably bow before the advanced technologies of the Europeans. For
decades, though, among the archaeologists, anthropologists, paleolinguists, and others whose discoveries Charles C. Mann brings
together in 1491, different stories have been emerging. Among the revelations: the first Americans may not have come over
the Bering land bridge around 12,000 B.C. but by boat along the Pacific coast 10 or even 20 thousand years earlier; the Americas
were a far more urban, more populated, and more technologically advanced region than generally assumed; and the Indians, rather
than living in static harmony with nature, radically engineered the landscape across the continents, to the point that even
"timeless" natural features like the Amazon rainforest can be seen as products of human intervention. Continued below...
Mann is well
aware that much of the history he relates is necessarily speculative, the product of pot-shard interpretation and precise
scientific measurements that often end up being radically revised in later decades. But the most compelling of his eye-opening
revisionist stories are among the best-founded: the stories of early American-European contact. To many of those who were
there, the earliest encounters felt more like a meeting of equals than one of natural domination. And those who came later
and found an emptied landscape that seemed ripe for the taking, Mann argues convincingly, encountered not the natural and
unchanging state of the native American, but the evidence of a sudden calamity: the ravages of what was likely the greatest
epidemic in human history, the smallpox and other diseases introduced inadvertently by Europeans to a population without immunity,
which swept through the Americas faster than the explorers who brought it, and left behind for their discovery a land that
held only a shadow of the thriving cultures that it had sustained for centuries before. Includes outstanding photos and maps.
Recommended Reading: A People's
History of the United States: 1492 to
Present. Review: Consistently lauded
for its lively, readable prose, this revised and updated edition of A People's History
of the United States turns traditional textbook history on its head. Howard Zinn infuses the often-submerged voices
of blacks, women, American Indians, war resisters, and poor laborers of all nationalities into this thorough narrative that
spans American history from Christopher Columbus's arrival to an afterword on the Clinton
presidency. Addressing his trademark reversals of perspective, Zinn--a teacher, historian, and social activist for more than
20 years—explains: "My point is not that we must, in telling history, accuse, judge, condemn Columbus in absentia. It is too late for that; it would be a useless scholarly exercise in
morality. Continued below…
But the easy
acceptance of atrocities as a deplorable but necessary price to pay for progress (Hiroshima and Vietnam, to save Western
civilization; Kronstadt and Hungary, to
save socialism; nuclear proliferation, to save us all)--that is still with us. One reason these atrocities are still with
us is that we have learned to bury them in a mass of other facts, as radioactive wastes are buried in containers in the earth."
If your last experience of American history was brought
to you by junior high school textbooks--or even if you're a specialist--get ready for the other side of stories you may not
even have heard. With its vivid descriptions of rarely noted events, A People's History of the United
States is required reading for anyone who wants to take a fresh look at the rich, rocky history of America. "Thought-provoking,
controversial, and never dull..."