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Roanoke Island

an island off the NE coast of North Carolina, S of Albemarle Sound: site of Raleigh's unsuccessful colonizing attempts 1585, 1587. Unabridged
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  • The night and the storm passed, and day dawned on Roanoke Island.

    The Drummer Boy John Trowbridge
  • It was three years before the Governor returned to Roanoke Island.

    The Land We Live In Henry Mann
  • He reached Roanoke Island August 17, and, landing, visited the point where he had placed the settlement.

    England in America, 1580-1652 Lyon Gardiner Tyler
  • Guy was in the bow of the boat which steered for Roanoke Island.

    True and Other Stories George Parsons Lathrop
  • Until further order, the headquarters of the sub-district of the Albemarle will be at Roanoke Island.

  • At sundown the fleet was within ten miles of Roanoke Island.

    The Drummer Boy John Trowbridge
  • Roanoke Island and its surroundings lay outspread before him like a map.

    The Drummer Boy John Trowbridge
  • And now a low swampy point of Roanoke Island pushes out into the dim water, under a veil of rain.

    The Drummer Boy John Trowbridge
  • Roanoke Island lay to our right, and ever and anon we caught glimpses of the low, swampy lands of Hyde and Plymouth counties.

  • Raleigh was delighted to hear this, and immediately sent out another expedition which was to settle on Roanoke Island.

    Children's Stories in American History Henrietta Christian Wright
British Dictionary definitions for Roanoke Island

Roanoke Island

an island off the coast of North Carolina: site of the first attempted English settlement in America. Length: 19 km (12 miles). Average width: 5 km (3 miles)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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