The First Voyage to Roanoke. 1584.
Arthur Barlowe, an English explorer and sea captain who made a reconnaissance expedition to Roanoke Island in 1584, renders an optimistic assessment of the region in this report to Sir Walter Raleigh. Originally published as part of Richard Hakluyt (the younger)'s Principall Navigations, Voyages and Discoveries of the English nation (1589), Barlowe's report was titled "The first voyage made to the coastes of America, with two barks, wherein were Captaines Master Philip Amadas, and Master Arthur Barlowe, who discovered part of the Countrey, now called Virginia, Anno 1584." The page shown here is from a reprint of the original text that was published in Boston in 1898 as part of a series called Old South Leaflets.