Lane, Sir Ralph

Lane, Sir Ralph,

c.1530–1603, leader of the first attempted English settlement in America, on Roanoke IslandRoanoke Island,
12 mi (19 km) long and 3 mi (4.8 km) wide, NE N.C., off the Atlantic coast between Croatan (W) and Roanoke (E) sounds in the Outer Banks. Manteo is the chief town, and tourism and fishing are the principal industries.
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, N.C. Sent by Sir Walter RaleighRaleigh or Ralegh, Sir Walter
, 1554?–1618, English soldier, explorer, courtier, and man of letters. Early Life

As a youth Raleigh served (1569) as a volunteer in the Huguenot army in France.
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, the expedition of over 100 colonists left England in Apr., 1585, in a fleet of seven ships commanded by Sir Richard Grenville. The group landed on Roanoke in August but returned to England with Sir Francis DrakeDrake, Sir Francis,
1540?–1596, English navigator and admiral, first Englishman to circumnavigate the world (1577–80). Early Career

He was born in Devonshire, the son of a yeoman, and was at an early age apprenticed to a ship captain.
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 in the summer of 1586. Lane's account of the settlement appeared in Richard Hakluyt's The Principal Navigations … of the English Nation (1589).