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The following pages of Thomas Harriott: 1-6; 24-77 (pp. 39-77 are mainly (weird) pictures with captions) (you can find Harriott here: <http://docsouth.unc.edu/nc/hariot/hariot.html>)

Thomas Hariot was said to have been born in Oxford. He was a mathematician who studied at St. Mary's Hall. After Hariot had achieved his degree he ventured to London. There he was employed by Sir Walter Ralegh to go on the expedition to Virginia. Sir Walter Ralegh had been interested in colonizing America as early as 1560. This trip, which he organized, was meant to get an accurate map of Virginia as well as document it. The expedition lasted 12 months through the years 1585-86. Once returning to London, Thomas Hariot wrote about what he found in "A Briefe and True Report of the New Found Land of Virginia".         Hariot's report consisted of many various things he found in Virginia. Some things that Hariot describes consist of: cedar, wine, dear skins, iron, copper, Pearl, sugar cane, and oade. All of these things Hariot describe as being useful and it is implied that it is plentiful. Hariot lists all the positive aspects of Virginia. "Oade. A thing of so great vent and vse amongst English Diers, which cannot bee yeelded sufficiently in our owne countrey for spare of ground; may bee planted in Virginia, there being ground enough. The grouth therof need not to be doubted when as in the Ilandes of the Asores it groweth plentifully, which is in the same climate. So likewise of Madder."

A Brief and True Report of the New Found Land of Virginia by Thomas Harriot

Although it would be Jamestown, Virginia, not Roanoke, North Carolina, that would become the site of England's first permanent settlement in America in 1607, the Jamestown colonists' expectations of the New World were shaped by the lessons of Roanoke, especially as related in the works of Hariot and White. Hariot had to admit that Carolina and Virginia were not rich in gold, but he took pains in his report to...
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