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Roanoke Still Exists is an alternate timeline in which the Roanoke Colony founded by England in 1584 still existed.

Timeline

Founding of the Roanoke Colony (April 27, 1584 - July 25, 1584)

On April 27, 1584, Walter Raleigh sailed from Plymouth, England with about 35 men on the ships Elizabeth, Arlington and Downe Hatchet to the eastern coast of North America to find the Northwest Passage. On May 18, Raleigh and his men found land. They searched the area and found the Roanoke tribe. The tribe, led by Chief Roanoke, violently charged at the men, thinking they were threats. Raleigh and his men quickly shot at them, and killed almost every native accept for Chief Roanoke. After that incident, Raleigh claimed the land for England and called the area Roanoke after the tribe that attacked him. In order for the colony to even start, Raleigh ordered about 15 of his men to stay at the area and build up the colony. Then, Raleigh and the rest of his men sailed back to England to report the good news.

More English Settlers (1584 - 1585)

After Walter Raleigh and his men told Queen Elizabeth about the successful colony, she ordered Raleigh to grab some more English colonists to settle in Roanoke. So, Raleigh grabbed about 100 men and women and sailed to Roanoke. Once the settlement's population grew to about 500, Queen Elizabeth asked Raleigh to be the colony's governor. But, since he was mostly an explorer and not a governor, he humbly refused and asked that once of his friends, Thomas Patrick, should be the governor. She accepted.

Exploration of the Area (May 17, 1585 - August 3, 1585)

Once Raleigh and his men were fully supplied, Walter Raleigh, Arthur Isaac and about 40 men sailed from Plymouth, England once again in May 17, 1585 to the Roanoke Colony to explore the surrounding area. After about two hours of exploring, Raleigh and Isaac found out that Roanoke is nothing but a small island. Even with the disappointment of that fact, Raleigh and Isaac still tried to explore more land, On June 1, Raleigh found land right next to the Roanoke Colony. He decided to name the new land, which in OTL is North Carolina, New Devon, after his hometown. He also decided to leave about 20 men in the colonies and Raleigh then told them to found a new town named "Harristown". He went back to England instantly to tell the Queen about his explorations, the New Devon Colony, and Harristown. But sadly, a storm passed Isaac's ship and drowned him and all of his crew members.

The Attack on Population (October 3, 1585 - October 6, 1585)

Once Raleigh told the Queen about the colonies, she said that Roger Banks, a diplomat, should be the governor of the New Devon Colony. Raleigh accepted. She also told him that in September she's going to enact a law that makes it so explorers gain more money if they could encourage settlers to move to the colonies and get up to about 1500 population at the end of the year. Now at that time, the Roanoke Colony had about 900 population and the New Devon Colony and Harristown only had about 80 population, so if Raleigh wanted to have the extra money, which he did, he would have to force people to immigrate to the colonies. That's what Raleigh did. He forced people who didn't care about moving to move or he would kill them. He got as much as 150 people to come to the colonies, but it still wasn't enough. But on October 6, Raleigh was caught threatening someone with a knife and was put in prison and later executed on November 2.

The New Explorers (June 5, 1586 - October 1, 1586)

After Raleigh was executed, a 37-year-old Spanish conquistador came quickly to the courts of the Queen. His name was Fernando Goranadas. (He told Elizabeth to call him Frederick Greene.) At first, the Queen didn't trust Greene since he was Spanish and England and Spain were big enemies. But once Greene attracted Elizabeth with his great charisma and charm, Elizabeth started to trust him. So, on June 5, 1586, Frederick Greene, Andrew Raleigh, who was Walter Raleigh's cousin, and 60 men started at Tintagel, England and sailed off. On August 1, Greene and Raleigh arrived at Roanoke. Since it was the summer, and also since Roanoke had mosquitoes, Greene caught malaria. Raleigh then decided to hire a conquistador from the colony named William Christopher and get the 60 men and travel to the New Devon Colony, which took three hours, and explore and conquer the outer regions. So, they went up north to modern-day Virginia and called the territory Novi Terra after the Latin words for new and land. After going back to Harristown and getting more supplies, they went back up to the Novi Terra Colony and went up even more. They eventually went up to the start of in our OTL Potomac River. Raleigh recorded all of this information. He called the Potomac "a mighty river, maybe even bigger than the Thames." Since he compared the two rivers together, he called the river the New Thames River. He also settled in a nice, warm spot next to the river and settled what would become the town of Reddanbury. After about 3 weeks of developing the town, Raleigh decided to go back to England. He left 30 men at the town and also left Christopher there, saying that he would make Christopher the governor of Novi Terra. 

More Exploring (October 1, 1586 - May 7, 1587)

After traveling back to England with the still sick Greene, Raleigh told lots of information to the queen. Elizabeth was extremely surprised. She decided to officially knight Raleigh and make him lead explorer in the New World. She also accepted having William Christopher as the governor of Novi Terra. Queen Elizabeth then made Raleigh an offer: She would give Raleigh 300 crew members, another explorer, five ships, 100 immigrants, and lots of money. He instantly accepted. So, on November 14, 1588, Sir Andrew Raleigh, Harold John, 300 crew members, 100 eager colonists and 5 ships sailed from London, England all the way to Harristown. They arrived on December 1. Then Raleigh and John took the 100 colonists all the way to Reddanbury and dropped them off there. Raleigh also told Christopher he was governor. Christopher then offered another explorer on his journey. Her name was Margaret Evanstone. Raleigh humbly accepted. After that, Raleigh, John, Evanstone and the 300 men tried to travel all the way up the New Thames, but since it was winter, they couldn't. The ice blocked it. So, they set up a camp near the river and rest for two days. After that, they tried to walk at least a few miles up the New Thames. They barely survived it. Eventually, they just decided to endure the ice. Then, on January 3, 1587, they were finally able to go all the way up the main New Thames River. Almost 50 men died on the way due to hypothermia. Raleigh wrote every single detail in his journal. He left 85 men, Margaret Evanstone, and a few crates of supplies there. He told them to found a town named Evanstone. He also created a new colony named New Thamesburgh, after the mighty New Thames River. After that, he, John, and the rest of his men went back out the river. They were out by February 2. Even after exploring all of that land, Raleigh and John still explored more. This time, they decided to travel by sea. On April 12, they arrived on the tip of, in OTL, New Jersey. They called this region New Manchester, after John's hometown. They also left about 20 men, and told them to found a town named Petersford. Then they went back to England.

The Colonial State of New England (March 23, 1588)

After informing Queen Elizabeth about his amazing discoveries, Elizabeth was very happy. She knighted Harold John and him minor explorer, and she also made Margaret Evanstone the governor of the New Thamesburgh Colony and made one of the men Raleigh sent off in New Manchester, James Thavers, the governor of that colonial region. Then, Raleigh suggested an idea. He said that all of the governors should come to Roanoke and try to unite all of the colonies under one colonial state: The Colonial State of New England. He also said that the colonies would still have their own governor and their own separate borders, but if someone was to make a law or tax, they would have to see if all of the other governors approved. He said that it would unite the colonies under one banner. The Queen agreed, and she started building a courthouse in Roanoke right away. And so, on March 23, 1588, all of the colonies' governors came to the Official Roanoke Courthouse and all agreed to form the Colonial State of New England. They also asked Queen Elizabeth if they could have a diplomat for New England. She agreed, and Sir Andrew Raleigh asked that he should be the diplomat and that Sir Harold John should be the new lead explorer. She sadly agreed, and New England was officially set.

Spying and Colonizing/Exploration (April 4, 1588 - September 29, 1588)

Shortly after New England was set up, the Spanish conquistador that caught malaria, Frederick Greene, died of it. Once he was dead, the Queen sent about 5 spies to Madrid in order to spy on how many troops the Spanish had. In about a month, Spain figured out what was going on and quickly executed all of the spies. In response to that, England prepared to get as much land as they could in order to be able to truly combat with Spain if they had declared war. Thus, Elizabeth sent Sir Harold John, three ships, and 80 men to sail all the way up the New Thames and into Evanstone, then explore. Once they arrived at Evanstone, they got a crate of supplies, a few more men, and a map of the area to help them a little bit. In just about a week, they went all the way up to OTL's West Virginia and claimed it for New Thamesburgh. He left some supplies and men there to found Fort Elizabeth. After walking a few more miles, they were suddenly attacked by a hostile Native American tribe. Since John and his men were not fast enough, John was brutally smashed in the forehead with an axe and killed and almost all of his men were either fatally wounded or killed. Only 5 men survived, and quickly went down to Evanstone and back to England. The Queen was shocked.

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